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IMPD investigating person found dead on far east side

The area where the person was found is a business node at the corner of 38th Street and Mitthoeffer Road.

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD homicide detectives are investigating after a woman was found dead on the far east side early Friday morning.

According to police, IMPD officers were called to 9940 E. 38th St. for an unresponsive person at 1:40 a.m.

Officers found the woman, then called for medics, who pronounced her dead. 

Homicide detectives were called and are conducting a death investigation.

A police spokesperson told 13News the body showed no obvious signs of trauma.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 50-year-old Shanel Smith. The cause and manner of death is still yet to be determined. 

Smith was found outside a business near the corner of 38th St. and Mitthoeffer Road where several restaurants, a gas station and a laundromat are located.