Coroner’s office releases identity of man found dead in near southeast side home

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Marion County Coroner has ruled a gunshot to the head killed the man whose body was found in his friend’s bathtub on the city’s near southeast side Monday.

Tony Cline, 35, was reported missing after leaving work on the south side on April 24.

Anthony Cline

A friend told CBS4 that Cline was last traced to house of Dwight Shotts, a fishing buddy, in the 3000 block of East Tabor Street. A short time later, Cline’s truck was found abandoned a block away.

An acquaintance of Shotts’ said she was handed a missing person flier with details of Cline’s disappearance.

“And when I looked at the picture I was like, ‘What is this guy’s name?’ and she said, ‘Tony Cline.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve seen this guy before.’ I said, ‘I believe he’s friends with him.’

“As soon as I seen that flier and seen that truck and seen Tony’s picture right under it, I’m like, ‘Oh, no, no wonder things slowed down and things are quiet. This just can’t be happening.’”

The woman said things had been unusually slow lately at Shotts’ house on the end of Tabor Street.

Dwight Shotts

Family and neighbors gathered outside Shotts’ house Monday afternoon as the homeowner sat in handcuffs and the friends he reportedly called explained why they dialed 911.

“I heard that Dwight made a phone call to someone and said, ‘I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to take this,’” said the woman who spoke with Shotts’ friend.

While a friend told CBS4 that while the victim and his accused killer shared a love of fishing, an acquaintance said it had been years since Shotts had been on the water.

“I noticed about three years ago that he changed and then the last three months it got really bad,” she said. “For the last three months he’s been keeping himself more or less in the house.”

Shotts is being held without bond pending his initial hearing on a murder charge.

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