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Police: Body found in trunk after east Indianapolis vehicle fire

The body was discovered after a fire in the 7500 block of Woodlawn Avenue early Tuesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — IMPD is investigating after a body was found after an east side vehicle fire.

Police and firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle on fire around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 7500 block of Woodlawn Avenue. The location is just northeast of Brookville Road and Shadeland Avenue.

IMPD said the car was running and that a fire was underway in the back.

The fire was quickly extinguished. When the trunk was opened, the body of 47-year-old Ail Smith Jr. was discovered.

The fire is suspected to have been intentionally set. 

Police have not shared information about a possible suspect at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident sis asked to contact Det. Ronald Sayles at the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or email him at Ronald.Sayles@indy.gov.

Credit: WTHR/Frank Young

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