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Man with trauma found dead in home in near-north side neighborhood

UPDATE: The man found dead on Dec. 31 in the 3300 block of Graceland Avenue was identified as 47-year-old Craig Whitfield, the Marion County Coroner’s Office said on Jan. 3.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A man was found dead Saturday afternoon in a home in a neighborhood on the city’s near-north side, police say.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called to a “death investigation/natural or unknown cause” at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Graceland Avenue. That’s a few blocks southwest of the intersection of 38th and Meridian streets, and a block east of Crown Hill Cemetery.

Officer found the person with trauma that does not appear to be self-inflicted.

Investigators were awaiting a search warrant for the home about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

Lt. Shane Foley said IMPD wants people in the neighborhood to check doorbell cameras for video of the area from 3-4:45 p.m. Saturday and share that with police.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office will identify the man and notify his family before releasing his name, IMPD says.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Detective Jose Torres at the homicide office at 317-327-3475 or e-mail him at 

Saturday has been difficult for police officers interacting with citizens finding people who’ve died, Foley said. At least two violent deaths have happened Saturday, and at least two more people were killed in vehicle crashes in Indianapolis.

The death on Graceland Avenue marks the 226th homicide of 2022 in Indianapolis, Foley told News 8.

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