Police say Indianapolis explosion now a homicide probe

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E) – The huge explosion that resulted in two deaths and seven injuries in an Indianapolis neighborhood last November 10 has turned into a homicide investigation.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Monday they are searching for a white van spotted in the area before the blast destroyed several homes.

According to Gary Coons, the city’s homeland security chief, authorities are turning the incident into a criminal homicide investigation.

Investigators initially focused on faulty appliances as the explosion’s probable cause.

Officials are urging the public to come forward with any information about the van and its occupants.

The couple killed in the explosion, John Dion Longworth and Jennifer Longworth, were buried the same day the police released the update.

Curry confirmed that the local Crime Stoppers organization has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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