Crime Watch 8

Homeless woman strangled, stabbed, found dead in church remembered as ‘friendly face’ in Fountain Square

Woman found dead in church was strangled, stabbed

Julie Morey, 58, was found on a couch inside a Fountain Square church.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A homicide victim found in a Fountain Square church was strangled and stabbed multiple times, the coroner’s office said Thursday.

Julie Morey, 58, was found dead Sunday morning on a couch inside the Religious Education Center building at St. Patrick Catholic Church, located at 950 Prospect Street, according to police.

Authorities were unable to confirm the time and location of Morey’s death, or a motive for the killing. 

No arrests had been made and no suspect information was available Thursday. 

Morey was homeless and did not attend services at St. Patrick, Fr. Dennis Schaefer said.

She and her late husband were often seen at Sunday services at Fountain Square Presbyterian Church on Shelby Street, according to a church member who requested not to be identified in this report.

“[Morey] would come maybe once a month,” she told News 8. “We had her husband’s funeral at our church because he didn’t know very many people. We had an honorary service for him and she spoke in front of us. It was really moving the way that she loved him.”

The church member described Morey as a “friendly face” at Fountain Square Presbyterian who was “very kind” and “willing to talk to everyone.”

Wendy Mathiesen, a former Fountain Square resident who works in the neighborhood, said she was “horrified” by news of the brutal killing.

“It just seems unbelievable… that something horrific like that happens practically next door to where you spend your life and your time,” Mathiesen said. 

Fountain Square’s homeless population is “very much part of the community,” she added.

“They were certainly a part of my daily life,” Mathiesen told News 8. “I can’t remember anything like this happening [to] another homeless person [in this neighborhood].”

Community members will hold a memorial vigil Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in front of St. Patrick Catholic Church, according to Schaefer.

Anybody with information about the homicide is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.


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.