Homicide victim reported missing hours before body was found at dog shelter

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Homicide victim John Sullivan was reported missing before this body was found inside a dog shelter. Sullivan’s son reported him as missing around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, his body was found later that morning.

The missing person report shows 49-year-old Sullivan was sent to deliver a pizza to the same location in the 1800 block of South Belmont Avenue. His co-workers at Just Pizza were concerned when he didn’t return.

Sullivan was driving a silver 2007 Pontiac G6, police say it is still missing. Investigators say they are looking at robbery as a possible motive.

“John is a good guy who is totally reliable and decent and John would never ask anything of others but he would always help others out,” said Justin Knapp, a manager at Just Pizza.

Police say the home was converted into a dog shelter and no one was living there. The owner of All About Dogs Rescue found his body when she stopped by to feed the animals.

On Jan. 16, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control officers inspected the site for code violations and said improvements would be required. The owner told officers that two homeless men and their dog were staying at the shelter. Officers told her the guests would have to leave.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the IMPD at 317-327-3475. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).  Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).

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