Water search on city's west side connected to Najah Ferrell case

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Search Continues for Najah Ferrell
Search for Najah Ferrell
Search in Najah Ferrell case

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Indiana DNR conservation officers will join Avon Police detectives in their search of a west-side apartment complex's retention pond for a missing Avon mom, Najah Ferrell.

APD first went to the pond behind Westlake Apartments Monday. That's in the 6000 block of Westlake Drive, just off I-465 in Indianapolis.

They were helped by Brown Township firefighters, Indiana Task Force 1 and a cadaver dog. Conservation officers said they would join the effort and bring their sonar technology with them. The technology makes water searches safer for divers who would normally go into water to drag the surfaces hoping to find evidence. Sonar helps them pinpoint search areas.

Avon Assistant Police Chief Brian Nugent said even though nothing was found during Monday's search, the K9 indicated something may be in the pond. They took that dog away and brought in a second K9 that indicated the same thing, so they will be back out searching again around 9 a.m.

Ferrell, 30, disappeared in March. Part of her remains were recovered in northern Indiana when a man fishing with a friend found a human foot confirmed through DNA to be Ferrell's. APD contacted Ferrell's mother, Paula Gholson, to let her know about Monday's developments and their plans to search the retention pond Tuesday.

Anyone with information on this death investigation can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).

This is a developing story. We will continue to update as details emerge.