INDIANAPOLIS -- Detectives are pleading for more tips to help catch whoever killed Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant wife of a pastor at an Indianapolis church.
Police released two photos of a suspect in the killing of the 28-year-old Monday evening, taken from a surveillance camera on a home on Sunnyfield Court, the street where Blackburn lived and was killed Tuesday after someone broke in to her home.
"(Even) if it's something you don't think is valuable, call," Crime Stoppers Detective Specialist Tim Conley said.
Conley is one of four people who work in the Central Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana bureau.
"This is a heinous crime that occurred in our city. This is an unspeakable crime," Conley said.
Blackburn was shot in the head and pronounced dead after her organs were harvested. Her infant son was in another room at the time of the incident.
Detectives at Crime Stoppers say they are on task to take more than 6,000 tips this year, a number that surpasses the number of tips they had last year. And in high profile cases like Blackburn's, Crime Stoppers detectives say they usually get a spike in calls.
"The community is very passionate about solving this crime," Conley said.
Police say they have seen who killed Blackburn in that yet-to-be-released photo, but they don’t know their name, since it was from a surveillance camera.
There was another burglary two houses down of the Blackburn house around 5:30 a.m. the morning of her death, and police believe the two are connected.
When Davey Blackburn, Amanda's husband, left to work out around 6 a.m., the killer believed the house was empty. Around 6:45 a.m., a neighbor said they heard gunshots.
Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant when she was killed.
The killer drove a dark-colored SUV and was seen on video leaving the area. Multiple TVs were stolen, and believed to be transported in that SUV.
If you have any information that could help solve this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous and still possibly receive a reward of up to $1,000.
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