INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - IMPD said Monday afternoon that two people whose bodies were discovered in a west side ditch were murdered.
24-Hour News 8 Anchor Daniel Miller came upon the lead investigator and the Marion County coroner at the scene where the bodies were found in the 1100 block of Miley Avenue.
Metro police did not say much about how the two victims were murdered. Officials do know they took a suspect to jail in connection to the homicides.
"It's got everybody shook up," said Tom Mayberry of Indianapolis.
What ever happened to two people found in a ditch off Miley Avenue brought IMPD investigators and the Marion County Coroner back to the crime scene. Around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, police found the bodies of 27-year-old Michael Hite and a woman they are only identifying as Jane Doe. Investigators said they are waiting on fingerprints to make a positive ID.
"This is very tragic; anytime you have a loss of life, we want to make sure we do what we can not only the integrity of the investigation, but we can bring everybody that's responsible to justice," said IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn.
Late Mondaym police released a picture of the suspect, 37-year-old Actora Bankhead. Bankhead was arrested Sunday after being questioned by police.
We asked police if the bodies were placed at the scene; they wouldn't confirm of deny if that happened. Regardless what, it has Ronald Mayberry and his brother Tom concerned.
"I can't believe it because everybody grew up out here," Tom said.
Police said they are working leads in the case. They said they will know more once an autopsy on the victims is complete.
That's news Ronald Mayberry said will make him feel at ease.
"We've got kids running around here and it was a shock to all of us in this whole neighborhood," he said.
Actora Bankhead is in the Marion County Jail. The Marion County Prosecutor Office is reviewing the case to determine what charges will be filed.
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