Police identify suspect in unsolved 2012 double slaying, won’t be able to arrest him

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Charles Spurlock

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police believe they’ve solved a double homicide from 2012, but they don’t have a suspect to arrest.

It turns out the man wanted in the case was killed in a separate, unsolved case a few months later.

On Aug. 22, 2012, investigators were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Gladstone Avenue after two men found what appeared to be human remains in a shallow grave in a wooded area. Police later identified the victims as Juan Valencia, 39, and Raul Villalobos, 40, both from California.

Investigators identified the men through dental records. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

The victims' remains were found in a shallow grave in Aug. 2012

The victims’ remains were found in a shallow grave in Aug. 2012

IMPD said a witness recently came forward with information about the case. After corroborating information from that individual, detectives identified Charles Spurlock as the man who killed Valencia and Villalobos.

However, police said Spurlock himself was killed in an unsolved homicide on Dec. 31, 2012, when someone shot him to death behind his home on Ruckle Street.

IMPD said they’ve gathered enough information to close the case involving Valencia and Villalobos and are confident Spurlock was the lone suspect in the killings. They’re still working to solve Spurlock’s murder.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477). Callers may also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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