Four suspects questioned in connection to death of Amanda Blackburn

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four men were questioned in connection to Amanda Blackburn's killing Thursday. 

Two of the men remain in custody, but for issues unrelated to the Blackburn case. Police said it was important to clarify, they have made no arrests in the Blackburn case. 

The four people were found between Wednesday night and Thursday morning at two different locations by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. IMPD raided the two locations Thursday morning with search warrants, including an apartment complex on the northeast side where they had taken three of the four suspects into custody. A source told RTV6 they were looking for clothing that the killer or killers were wearing the day surveillance photos captured them on Sunnyfield Court following Blackburn's death at her home on that road.

A high-ranking Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department source said Amanda Blackburn was sexually assaulted, but a spokesperson for IMPD denies that to be true at this point in their investigation.

That source said there is DNA evidence in the case.

The following statement was issued to RTV6:

"At this point in the investigation, we cannot confirm, nor do we know that Amanda Blackburn was sexually abused.

That information may change as more evidence comes in, but at this time nothing in our investigation shows that."

Lt. Richard Riddle, IMPD Spokesperson

IMPD also issued a more general statement Thursday about the status of the investigation:

Investigators continue to follow up on all investigative leads in the murder of Amanda Blackburn. We continue to talk with individuals who may have some knowledge of the case. We will keep you posted on any new developments. No other information is available at this time. 

Police had previously pleaded with anybody who knows anything to come forward and talk to help find her killer.

"(Even) if it's something you don't think is valuable, call," Crime Stoppers Detective Specialist Tim Conley said.

Blackburn was shot in the head Tuesday, Nov. 10 around 6:45 a.m. when someone broke into her home after her husband, Davey, a pastor at a local church, left to work out. Blackburn was pronounced dead after her organs were harvested. Her infant son was in another room at the time of the incident.

A handgun was recovered near the home, but police say there is nothing yet to connect it to the crime.

Lieutenant Riddle said the handgun was taken to a fire station, and the person who turned it in said they found it near the Blackburn house on Sunnyfield Court.

"Amanda didn't have an enemy in the world," Davey said in a live interview on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. "That's why this has baffled us as much as anybody."

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Neighbors in the area of the Blackburn's home met Tuesday night to discuss updates in Amanda's death.

"There's no manual on how to respond to having one of your neighbors and friends murdered in her home," said Ryan McConnell, who helped lead the efforts.

Police on Monday 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.

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"It's important to note that we have somewhat of an image of the individual we're hoping to piece this puzzle together," said IMPD officer Charlie Wilburn. "We're being very meticulous with what information that we have and I know that we're limiting what we release and that's on purpose, we have to protect the integrity of this investigation."

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 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.

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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