INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD’s Homicide Unit is asking for help solving a cold case killing on Indy’s near east side.

The murder took place in November 2014 and remains unsolved to this day.

Just before 8 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2014, a woman was found dead from blunt force injuries in her own backyard near Michigan and Rural.

“It’s horrifying. It’s just scary,” said neighbor Jeffery Stokes in November 2014.

Stokes spotted the victim’s body and called 911 that day. Everyone in the area at that time who knew 58-year-old Nell Gladney described her as a hard worker.

“She had two jobs,” said Stokes.

“She was always a nice lady,” said neighbor Rickey Jett in 2014.

Nell Gladney

“She was an important part of the community and, as a community, we need to solve this,” said Daniel Rosenberg with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.

To this day police believe Gladney was walking to her garage and dressed in work scrubs when she was murdered.

Detectives said Gladney was found face down on the ground at the back of the home. Investigators believe she was attacked as she was leaving for work sometime before 7:50 a.m.

Gladney worked at a local nursing home at the time of her death.

“There was no reason for her to be murdered like that and we’re here today because she was a good woman and we need to solve this case,” said Rosenberg.

In 2014, police suspected the killing was the result of a robbery and there were signs of forced entry into the victim’s detached garage.

Of course, a lot has changed over eight years and the people who live in the home now didn’t know anything about the homicide.

The stretch of N. Rural has long been a hot spot for crime, but it’s also seen lots of redevelopment in recent years.

While neighbors today were not familiar with the cold case, police hope someone can still be held accountable for the death.

“It’s one of those cases where it should remind us that we need to pull together to solve things like this. We shouldn’t forget about them,” said Rosenberg.

If you know anything about Gladney’s death, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).