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Woman found dead inside church cared for homeless community, friends say

Vigil held for homeless woman found stabbed, strangled in church

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People gathered Friday night to mourn a woman found stabbed and strangled inside a Fountain Square church.

The vigil took place outside St. Patrick Catholic Church, where Julie Morey was found dead Sunday morning.

The pastor of the church says Morey was homeless and was not a member of the church.

Friends of Morey said they remember her as a lively person who tried to take care of other members of the homeless community.

The coroner earlier this week determined someone strangled and stabbed Morey before leaving her body on a couch inside the religious education building at the church.

It’s unclear what Morey was doing at the church, or if she was actually killed there.

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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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