Body discovered inside suitcase in Indianapolis, sparking investigation

The suitcase containing the human remains was found in a creek.
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Human remains were found inside a suitcase in an Indianapolis creek on May 27, 2019.WTHR

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By David K. Li

Police officials said human remains were found stuffed inside a suitcase in southeast Indianapolis on Monday.

People walking along Bean Creek, near the 2500 block of Villa Avenue on Monday, made the macabre discovery and called the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to a department statement.

"Officers arrived and spoke to the caller who found the suitcase," police said. "Homicide detectives responded and immediately began canvassing the area for witnesses."

The remains were not of a baby, but police declined to reveal any additional details about the race, gender or approximate age of the victim.

While police were short on those basic details, they said Monday's find does not appear to have any connections with the local case of Najah Ferrell — a missing mother of five, according to WTHR, an Indianapolis NBC affiliate.

Police and the Marion County coroner are still seeking to identify the remains and determine the cause of death.