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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:44 PM

Authorities: Indy home explosion investigated as homicide

Source: CBS

Authorities have launched a criminal homicide investigation into the house explosion that killed two people and damaged numerous homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement Monday evening.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says search warrants are being executed and that official are looking for a white van that was seen in the neighborhood.

Investigators have not yet said what caused the explosion in the Richmond Hill, but city Public Safety Director Troy Riggs has said investigators believe natural gas was involved. The Longworth home was destroyed along with one owned by Monserrate Shirley.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57552100/authorities-indy-home-explosion-investigated-as-homicide/

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pampango Nov 2012 OP
Mr. Mojo Risen Nov 2012 #1
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #4
countryjake Nov 2012 #2
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #3
Kaleva Nov 2012 #5
countryjake Nov 2012 #6
Kaleva Nov 2012 #8
Locrian Nov 2012 #7
Kaleva Nov 2012 #9

Response to pampango (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:13 PM

1. Could be just a formality

But it's hard to imagine an explosion that big simply from a faulty furnace.

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Response to Mr. Mojo Risen (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:36 PM

4. Well, the NTSB has been looking into it

so their prelim investigation must have uncovered a few clues...

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:28 AM

2. I was suspicious as soon as I saw that "For Sale" sign...



in the foreground of a pic at the site of the explosion, that the home had been "For Sale, by Owner". Then later reading several articles at the Indy Star site in which neighbors had said that the homeowner and her daughter had been staying elsewhere, while the whereabouts of a boyfriend were unknown. Hmmm...so they were out enjoying a casino, daughter safe at a friend's house, and even the cat was boarded?

And finally, one week ago, an article confirmed that Indiana real estate records showed Shirley's house had been for sale for a year until it was taken off the market in March.

If this turns out to be an insurance fraud scheme, with literally dozens of neighboring homes damaged or destroyed and an innocent young couple dying in that inferno, the co-owners of that house have a lot more to worry about than cashing in on their divorce settlement.

I hope those homicide investigators are checking to see if there were any storage units recently rented or sentimental valuables like personal items safely tucked away somewhere.

This is a very sad mystery and my sympathies go to the many who loved Jennifer and John Longworth. What a tragedy.

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:14 AM

3. Kick (nt)

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:01 PM

5. Now authorities suspect someone or some people filled the house with gas

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 01:08 AM

6. ...and used remote detonation to spark the explosion.

Jeeze, this disaster is getting more malicious by the day.

I can't get over thinking about that boarded cat, now. Why stress their cat out by sticking it in a kennel to go away for a weekend? I know coincidences do often occur, but there just seem to be too many "hmmms" with this one.

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Response to countryjake (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:49 AM

8. Woman's boyfriend has a long criminal record

"Her current boyfriend, Mr Leonard, has an extensive criminal record which includes arrests for several felonies like intimidation, stalking, dealing marijuana and possession of a narcotic. "

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236153/Revealed-Remote-control-used-set-Indiana-house-explosion-labeled-homicide-killing-young-couple.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:06 AM

7. very strange

Very strange that they would board the cat.... but anything is speculation at this point. At least God may be off the hook though:


“Hopefully we will get the person or persons responsible for this and are working closely with the prosecutor,” Riggs said. “It is troubling that this is a criminal act and not an act of God.”

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Response to pampango (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:42 PM

9. Relative of man living at the home questioned by police

"Investigators have impounded a white van looking for evidence, and they've questioned two people in connection with the case.

One of them, Bob Leonard, is a relative of the man who lives in the house at the center of the explosion on Fieldfare Way."

"Shirley and her then-husband John bought the house. When the two split in 2011, Shirley got the house. No one knows when Mark Leonard moved in, but we do know that Leonard has been a resident of Indiana Department of Corrections and the Marion County Jail. He has a criminal history dating back to the 1980s."

http://www.wthr.com/story/20157406/two-questioned-in-south-side-explosion-investigation

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