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IMPD: Missing 18-year-old was 1 of 3 found dead on Indy's south side

Joseph Thomas went missing Sunday, Oct. 10. Two days later his body and two others were found by an off-duty officer in the 4400 block of South Meridian Street.
Credit: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

INDIANAPOLIS — A missing Indianapolis 18-year-old was one of three people found dead on the city's south side Tuesday night.

Missing persons detectives with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department asked for the community's help Tuesday in locating 18-year-old Joseph Thomas, who had been missing for two days and police believed he may have needed medical attention.

Thomas was last seen on Sunday, Oct. 10, in the 200 block of East Hannah Avenue, which is on the south side of Indianapolis, just east of South Meridian Street.

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Later Tuesday night three bodies were found on the south side of Indianapolis. 

The bodies were found around 8 p.m. in the 4400 block of South Meridian Street, near West Hanna Avenue, according to a department spokesperson.

The Marion County Coroner's Office identified one of the bodies as Thomas and another as 22-year-old Michael James. A third body has yet to be identified.

The coroner said the victims had been shot. The three deaths are being investigated by IMPD as homicides.

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