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INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) announced Friday that the death of a woman whose body was discovered in an alley in February has now been ruled a homicide.

On February 12, officers responded to the 2600 block of Winthrop Avenue after a passerby reported seeing a dead body. There they found the body of 43-year-old Cynthia Shouse.

Initially, IMPD classified the case as a death investigation.

On April 8, the Marion County Coroner’s Officer notified IMPD they determined this death to be a homicide.

Anyone who may have information about this homicide is asked to contact Detective Jeremy Ingram at the IMPD Homicide Office at (317) 327-3475 or e-mail the detective at

You can also provide that information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS (8477).