Police: Man found dead in basement was delivering pizza when he disappeared

Detectives investigate as criminal homicide

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police have identified a dead person found Sunday morning on the southwest side of the city. Investigators said the victim may have been lured to the home while he was working as a pizza delivery driver.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a woman found a body in a basement in a residence in the 1800 block of South Belmont Avenue.

Officials said the person was identified as John Sullivan, 49, of Indianapolis, and his death is being investigated as a criminal homicide.

IMPD's police report on the incident said Sullivan's son (who works at the same pizza restaurant as Sullivan) filed a missing person's report early Sunday morning at 1:30, saying John Sullivan had last been seen roughly 6 hours before.

Police said Sullivan had been delivering a pizza on South Belmont and had not been seen since. Family members and co-workers said they repeatedly tried calling Sullivan's phone, but no one picked up.

Sullivan was employed at Just Pizza. The restaurant was closed Monday because its employees were mourning Sullivan's death.

Detectives said there were no full-time residents living at the home where Sullivan was found, which serves as a sort of dog rescue center.

Anyone with information on the death is urged to call IMPD at 317-327-3475. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 or text "INDYCS" plus tip information to 274627.

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