Police take 2 people in for questioning after executing search warrant related to explosion

Source:No charges filed, no arrest warrants issued

INDIANAPOLIS - Police have taken two people in for questioning related to the south side explosion that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes.

Homicide detectives and SWAT members executed a search warrant at a mobile home in the Highland Estates mobile home park on the southwest side Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing, and more search warrants and questioning are expected.

Police stressed that the people taken in for questioning are not necessarily suspects in the case.

Police said no arrest warrants were issued and no charges were filed Wednesday afternoon. 

In a press conference Monday, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said investigators were seeking two men who might have been driving a white van that was seen in the Richmond Hill neighborhood before the blast.

That white van was tracked to the mobile home that investigators searched Tuesday.

A resident in that neighborhood said a man named Robert Leonard owns the home that police searched. The same resident said he believes Robert Leonard is the brother of Mark Leonard, who lived at the south side home that exploded.

"He was just telling us how the cops have been coming over and asking about the white van that was parked in his driveway, and he said it was only there for a night," said another neighbor Whitney Essex. "I knew better, of course, because lived right next to him."

Essex said she thinks a white van was parked in Robert Leonard's driveway for as long as two weeks, but she said another man she'd never seen before was the one who drove it.

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