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Indiana home explosion investigated as homicide

Seattle PI – by Charles Wilson, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The house explosion that killed two people and destroyed several homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood is now being investigated as a homicide, authorities said, though no suspects have been named.

Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons announced the criminal investigation Monday evening, shortly after a funeral was held for the husband and wife who had lived next door to the house where investigators believe the blast occurred.

“We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation,” Coons said after meeting with residents, the first public acknowledgement by investigators of a possible criminal element to the Nov. 10 explosion.

Search warrants have been executed and officials are now looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision on the day of the blast, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

Curry said the investigation is aimed at “determining if there are individuals who may be responsible for this explosion and fire,” but neither he nor Coons took questions or indicated if investigators had any suspects. No arrests have been made.

A lawyer representing Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard, who lived in that home that is believed to have exploded, said Tuesday that the couple was bewildered by the new direction of the investigation.

Randall Cable said in a statement that Shirley and Leonard have “cooperated fully” with investigators and that they want the cause “of this horrific and saddening tragedy to be determined.”

Officials say they believe natural gas was involved in the explosion, which destroyed five homes and left dozens damaged. Investigators have focused on appliances in their search for a cause. The explosion caused an estimated $4.4 million in damage.

“We thought something like this was not just an accident,” said Doug Aldridge, who heads the neighborhood Crime Watch.

Aldridge said he and other residents frequently saw a white van parked outside the home, though he didn’t know who owned it. He said residents are angry and upset but that he expects most of them to stay in the neighborhood.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Monday for John Dion Longworth, 34, and his 36-year-old wife Jennifer Longworth.

She was a second-grade teacher remembered for knitting gifts for her students, while her husband, an electronics expert, was known as a gardener and nature lover. The school where Jennifer Longworth taught was closed Monday so teachers and students could attend the funeral.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told reporters after attending the Longworths’ funeral Monday that he had been having a hard time coming to terms with what happened.

“There is a search for truth and there is a search for justice,” Ballard said.

John Shirley, who co-owns the house with his ex-wife, Monserrate, has told The Associated Press that he had recently received a text message from his 12-year-old daughter saying the furnace in the home had gone out.

Monserrate Shirley said Leonard had replaced the thermostat and that the furnace was working. Cable has said the daughter told her mother she had smelled an odd odor in recent weeks, but they hadn’t reported it.

Shirley and Leonard were away at a casino at the time of the blast, Cable said. The daughter was staying with a friend, and the family’s cat was being boarded.


Associated Press writer Ken Kusmer contributed to this report.

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19 Responses to Indiana home explosion investigated as homicide

  1. Ben says:

    As if no one had a clue.This was never considered an accident This was obviously a hit on someone.If our government is involved,we the people will never know it.

  2. oldvet says:

    yup…..seems the like a “snipe hunt” to throw off suspicions .

  3. mel says:


    Not lookin too good for the gamblers.

    Even if they had nothing to do with it I’d be contacting a lawyer stat.

  4. Whizerd67 says:

    Call a meeting with the DHS, ATF, CIA and Local Sheriff and SP Commanders.
    Give each one a cosmetic mirror, and tell them to arrest everyone they see, including themselves.
    Case closed.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

  5. NC says:

    Wow….it only took our government officials (who are suppose to be the smartest people in the world, according to the sheeple) an entire week to officially declare what everyone already knew from the first day and the debris basically speaks for itself. IT WAS A HOMICIDE!!!!

    DUH!!! Tell us something we don’t know.

    The fact that the disintegrated debris everywhere looks like a warzone basically tells me that this was the work of a drone and since it took them a week to figure out a plausible explanation, it explains that they are either,

    1. trying to hide the fact that it was a drone

    2. trying to use this scenario as a test to see how the people will react to a drone attack OR

    3. trying to get the people slowly accustomed to the idea of drones blowing up houses in America.

    This will definitely NOT be the last of these attacks. Believe me. The longer we wait to take back our country, the more of these attacks, there will be.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      The first article I saw on this attack claimed it was a drone. Unfortunately, it was not from a credible source.

      I also saw the article Whizerd67 posted the link to about the Kremlin’s claim.

      Maybe we should all wait and see what A.J. thinks?

      (just kidding, It’s been a looooong day)

      p.s. I DON’T drive a white van.

  6. Whizerd67 says:

    The man killed in this incident, Dion Longworth was stated in this article as being an “electronics expert” and hardly anything more was said. Then it went-on to give a full paragraph of his wife, a teacher. I thought that to be rather bland, considering it is supposedly a homicide investigation…so I investigated with a search engine, thinking there wouldn’t be much, but still did it because the information in the article seemed rather vague for my taste.
    (And I’m supposedly a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, and some things just irk me*LOL*)
    I’m not asking anyone to draw any conclusions but their own, but felt the need to show what I discovered here, which could be nothing…but thought it would shed a little more light to the ‘electronics expert’ part of it.
    Some will think it’s a bit more than ‘electronics expert’. I did. I had seen this article somewhere in the Alt media circuit early on, but can’t for the life of figure out which site it was after seeing it turn into a homicide investigation.
    Some of you have probably already seen it….but for those that haven’t, or are taking the ‘electronics expert’ statement at face-value, I wanted it to be more clear.

    ~Blessed Be to all~

    • Whizerd67 says:

      And I always did think it was rather strange that there was a plethora of ATF and DHS on location almost at the same time local authorities were there.

      ~Blessed Be to all~

  7. Scotty says:

    Odd DHS is investigating. Are local authorities too inept? The actual news interview has the spokesperson stating “a white van”. Then later he says anyone with information about “white vanS”… Seems every time an explosion occurs warranting a Federal investigation, the vehicles involved are always white vans. They are checking to see if anyone saw or heard anything they shouldn’t have, not to get info on the explosion. Consistent patterns…

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