INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Metro police homicide detectives were investigating after a man's body was found lying next to a dumpster in the parking lot of a south side motel early Friday morning. Police said there were no initial indications of how the man died, but it did not appear to be of natural causes.
Officers were called to the Travel Inn motel in the 4900 block of south East Street shortly after midnight after a guest reported finding the body in the rear portion of the motel parking lot. That location is just south of the I-465 exit onto U.S. 31 South.
Homicide detectives on the scene told 24-Hour News 8 that it appeared the man was likely killed in another location, and his body had been dropped at the motel. They also said it appeared the man had sustained some kind of blunt force trauma to the head, but it wasn't clear what caused the wounds.
Police later identified the man as Dinesh Patel, 31, Indianapolis. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Several rooms near the rear of the building were cleared as crime scene technicians processed the area and detectives spoke with possible witnesses. Police said there was no call to evacuate the rest of the motel.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous, and information that leads to felony arrests may be eligible for cash reward.
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