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Fountain Square neighbors hope for answers after woman found dead inside church

Woman found dead on couch in church deemed homicide

Dan Klein | News 8

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police on Monday said the death of a woman found on a couch in a church was being treated as a homicide.

It happened in the Fountain Square neighborhood at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Sunday morning.

Neighbors hope solving the case can bring peace and closure.

Even on a Tuesday night on Prospect Street, there is a flurry of activity from families walking inside the Religious Education Center building.

Police say a woman named Julie Morey was found unresponsive on a couch inside the REC building on Sunday around 9:15 a.m. IMPD now says it’s a homicide.

For neighbors across the street like Rachel Dougherty, it’s not welcome news.

“It is certainly scary,” she said.

There’s plenty of light even at night with the glow of the theater at Fountain Square just one block away.

Dougherty has lived on Prospect with her husband for three years.

She and others who spoke with News 8 agree the biggest problem living here is finding a parking spot on Sunday mornings.

“I thought it would be a good, safe environment,” Daugherty said. “You think there is going to be a lot of activity in the area, probably a safe community atmosphere.”

The woman who answered the door at St. Patrick’s Tuesday night told us the pastor was not here but would be back on Wednesday morning.

IMPD has not given any details about Morey including whether she was a member or regular attender here or when or how she got inside. They also aren’t saying how she died.

Answers to those questions would help neighbors like Dougherty.

“I’m going to try not to let it get to me or make me afraid in my home,” she said.

News 8 spoke briefly on the phone with the woman who found Morey unresponsive inside the REC building Sunday morning. She is an employee and didn’t want to comment further.

Meanwhile, if you have any information, call police at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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