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Man found dead in vehicle deemed homicide

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The death of a man found inside a vehicle on the near southwest side is being treated as a homicide.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were called to the 1300 block of West Ray Street, near Interstate 70 and Harding Street, around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a person down in an alley.

They arrived to find a man inside a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to IMPD.

Police treated the incident as a death investigation until Marion County Coroner’s Office arrived at the scene and determined the man had trauma to his body, deeming the death a homicide.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Joseph Mefford.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS.

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