February death on northeast side ruled homicide

Crime in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS– Police say the death of a woman in February is now considered a homicide.

Just before 2 a.m. on Feb. 19, officers were called to the 9900 block of E. 38th Street, west of Mitthoeffer Road, on a report of a person down behind a business.

A woman was found lying in the snow and pronounced dead at the scene. At the time, officers found no obvious signs of trauma. She was identified as 50-year-old Shanel Smith. Her cause of death was ruled to be environmental cold exposure.

On Wednesday, police said the death is now being investigated as a homicide.

Anyone with information to report can call the IMPD homicide office at 317-327-3475. Anonymous tips may be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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