INDIANAPOLIS — Police are investigating after a body was found outside a former school on the city’s northeast side.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), officers were called to the area of Millersville Road and E. 42nd Street at 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Police said a deceased male was located outside the former Edgar H. Evans School #11 who appeared to have been shot.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified him as 44-year-old Jose Mathis and said he died from gunshot wounds.

“I believe that a citizen may have discovered the deceased person and immediately called 911,” said IMPD Officer William Young. “Depending on which part of the area, you don’t have too many police runs to that area.”

The Indianapolis Public School system has not owned or operated a school on that property since 2012. The building is currently owned by the leadership organization Evolve International.

Evolve is a local community empowerment group who is aiming to turn the 40,000 square-foot space into an education and community center. We reached out to Evolve, but they did not want to comment on the investigation.

Neighbors said that they heard gunshots at a nearby apartment complex over the weekend. Another homeowner in the area spotted people gardening on the property the day before Mathis’ body was found, which led her to believe the body must have appeared there during the night.

IMPD would not confirm if the body was dumped at the school, but they did not receive a call for shots fired.

Police said they do not believe there is an active threat to the area.

The building was formerly owned by IPS but was sold to the Hovey Street Church of Christ.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Detective Michael Condon at the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or e-mail him at To remain anoymous, call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477 (TIPS).