Mark Leonard, who lived in home that exploded, admits to owning a white van

Police seek information about white van

INDIANAPOLIS - As police seek information about people seen in a white van before the deadly neighborhood explosion, the man who lived in the home now admits he owns a similar vehicle.

It comes after the Call 6 Investigators obtained pictures of a white van parked in the driveway of the home at 8349 Fieldfare Way, where Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, lived, three weeks before the Nov. 10 explosion.

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Investigators, who have said they believe the blast was intentionally set, had asked for information about people seen in a white van in the neighborhood the day of the explosion.

In a statement released Wednesday, the couple's attorney confirmed that Leonard owned a white utility van, which he kept at the home or at a job site.

Several days after the blast, police seized a white van that was found parked at a south side motel where Leonard worked in maintenance and had access.

"(Leonard's van) disappeared from the motel job site in the immediate days following the incident," attorney Randall Cable said. "We assume it is (in) the custody of the authorities."

Shirley and Leonard were visiting a Lawrenceburg casino at the time of the explosion, and a source told RTV6 that police had obtained security footage of the couple there that night.

The pictures of the white van in the home's driveway were provided to RTV6 by a former customer of Leonard's home improvement business who is suing him. The customer told RTV6 it's the same vehicle Leonard drove to a court appearance.

Two people were killed and several homes were leveled in the Richmond Hill subdivision in the Nov. 10 explosion.

Police had questioned people last week in connection with the criminal investigation, but no arrests had been made as of Wednesday.

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