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Police treating woman's death as a slaying


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 Katrina Miller, 23, Indianapolis, was reported missing on Thursday,  hours before she was found in a field in Hancock County.
Katrina Miller, 23, Indianapolis, was reported missing on Thursday, hours before she was found in a field in Hancock County.


GREENFIELD — The death of a young Indianapolis woman whose body was found in a cornfield in western Hancock County Thursday night is being investigated as a homicide.

The woman was identified early Friday as Katrina L. Miller, 23, of Indianapolis. Miller was identified by fingerprint analysis, but police said the overall decompo-sition of the body made it impossible to immediately determine the cause of death.

Lead investigator Detective Sgt. Trent Smoll of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Friday the death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy Friday was unable to determine the cause of death, but pathologists were running more tests late Friday in hopes of learning more about Miller’s final moments, Smoll said.

Smoll said he spoke to a relative who saw Miller on Saturday night; police have not definitively determined if that was the last time she was seen alive.

She was listed as a missing person Thursday, hours before she was found, police said Friday.

Miller was found around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a cornfield on CR 800W just south of CR 350N. Two young men were out riding their bikes along CR 800W and stopped when they spotted the body, then called 911.

Authorities from the sheriff’s department were on the scene collecting evidence until about 1 a.m. Friday. They were being assisted by the Marion County coroner’s office. The investigation is ongoing.

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