Burned body found in Indianapolis backyard identified

Dominque Allen (Provided Photo)
Dominque Allen (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officials have released the name and cause of death of a teenage girl whose body was found badly burned behind a west side home this weekend.

Fifteen-year-old Dominique Allen was discovered Sunday afternoon when police say a homeowner was walking his dog in the 1100 block of Elder Avenue.

Detectives said they believe Allen was killed at a different location and then dumped in the yard. The Marion County Coroner’s Office has determined her cause of death to be homicidal asphyxiation.

Dominique Allen was last seen in this outfit the night she was snatched, according to IMPD.
Dominique Allen was last seen in this outfit the night she was snatched, according to IMPD.

Tuesday afternoon, detectives found Allen’s purse and shoes in the backyard of a home in the 1900 block of West 10th Street. Police believe Allen was abducted from her sister’s porch on the west side of Indianapolis — she left her phone behind at the home.

Allen’s family spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon, saying they believe the 15-year-old did not know her killer. IMPD is now checking a local sex offender list.
“Justice will be served,” one family member said.

Police provided a photo of Allen wearing an outfit she was last seen in the night she was taken.

Wayne Township Schools said Allen attended Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center. The school district says it will have extra counselors available to everyone for the rest of the week.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS or 262-8477 to remain anonymous.

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