Coroner’s office identifies victims of east side triple homicide, police emphasize crime was not random

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The search continued Friday for the person responsible for killing three people at an east side home Thursday as the Marion County Coroner's Office identified the victims.

The coroner's office identified the deceased as Mark Higgins, 64, Keith Higgins, 34 and Jessica Carte, 34. The Chief Deputy Coroner Alfie Ballew said preliminary autopsy results wouldn't be available until Saturday.

"We knew Mark and [his wife] very well," said neighbor Susan Horton. "Wonderful, just every day common working people. Would do anything for you. They had a little granddaughter, they took excellent care with her."

Neighbors say the Higgins family lived on the street for more than a decade. They told FOX 59 Keith Higgins was Mark Higgins' son. Jessica Carte was Keith Higgins' girlfriend, according to residents.

Thursday morning, all three were found dead inside a home in the 1800 block of Forsythia Drive. A family member arrived at the home for a welfare check after one of the victims failed to show up for work.

The relative found the bodies and called police. The front door to the home was open, and one male relative suffered a fatal head wound. Police previously said the victims inside the home knew one another.

Police tell FOX59 the murders were “not random,” indicating that there appeared to be no forced entry and the victims likely knew their assailant.

"We have high confidence that this is not a random act of violence," said IMPD East District Commander Roger Spurgeon. "Having said that, we are not at liberty to say why we believe that."

IMPD east district officers were back out at the scene Friday to show support for residents on the block.

"We wanted to come out here and show neighborhood we are out here, we care, we care about their safety and we want them to be assured we are on top of this," Spurgeon said.

Officers spent time chatting with neighbors and updating them on where they stand on the case.

"Just wanted to make sure people were aware of this so they could feel as safe as they possibly can in their neighborhood," Spurgeon said.

A red car owned by one of the victims was gone when investigators arrived. On Thursday afternoon, police found the red Chevy Monte Carlo in an alley off Catherwood Avenue about two miles away.

Neighbors described the community as relatively quiet. They told FOX59 that there were quite a few break-ins in the neighborhood about two years ago, but they’ve never seen a violent crime quite like what transpired Thursday.