INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Bones found inside a Fountain Square home Wednesday night are not human, police confirmed Thursday morning. That determination was made following an exhaustive search of the home by both Indianapolis homicide detectives and the FBI.
Officers first arrived at the home in the 1500 block of English Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and began moving in equipment including generators, shovels and several large bags into the home . Several rounds of searches wrapped up in the early evening hours Wednesday, and neighbors said officers returned to the home around 8 a.m. Thursday, searching again for approximately an hour.
Police confirmed Thursday morning that the FBI received a tip in relation to an existing case that human remains would be found in the home. IMPD homicide detectives were called in to assist in the search.
Police reports filed Thursday afternoon showed IMPD's cold case homicide unit, IMPD's safe streets task force and members of the search and rescue team Indiana Task Force 1 were also involved in the investigation.
Indianapolis FBI spokesperson Wendy Osborne said Thursday that both agencies were asked to assist in the investigation by another law enforcement agency, but she would not name that agency or release details on which case the search was connected to.
Police also would not confirm where the tip came from, but said those searches were focused on the basement of the home and that bones were recovered. Those bones were determined Thursday morning not to be of human origin.
"The investigators and crime lab have found, and it's been confirmed by a doctor, that the bones that were found were animal bones. And, there is no evidence at this time that a crime occurred here," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.
Bailey said officers were not sure what type of animal the bones came from. He would not confirm how many bones were found.
Neighbors said the home has been vacant and boarded up for at least the last six months. Some said vagrant squatters may have used it during that time.
On Wednesday, 24-Hour News 8 learned that the man who owns the home also owns a strip club on West 16th Street. Police reports showed that property owner had given his consent to search the home. Police said Thursday that there were no new persons of interest they needed to speak with in connection with the case.
Officers planned to return to the scene Thursday afternoon to recover the remaining equipment left inside the home, Bailey said.
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