Names released of woman, child killed in Vanderburgh Co.

Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 8:35 PM CDT
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VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The woman and young child who authorities found dead Wednesday have been identified.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office released the names of the two victims: 49-year-old Kimbra Shanafelt and her 5-year-old daughter Dahni Shanafelt.

Their bodies were found at a home on Bob Court Drive on Wednesday night.

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The double homicide investigation, putting the North Side neighborhood on edge. One neighbor, who asked to not be identified, said this isn’t something they normally see in this typically quiet neighborhood.

“It’s always quiet," she said. "People are always walking around. People are very friendly. It’s a nice neighborhood.”

“Our kids played together and it was very shocking to know that it had happened.”

Now authorities are working to put together this puzzle they cannot quite figure out with no suspect in custody.

“You start looking for projectiles, weapons, blunt instruments - something that might be associated with causing the death of someone," Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said. "What’s puzzling for us is, with both bodies, we haven’t found any instruments that may have been used in the crime.”

A search warrant was obtained for the home but authorities are still sifting through the evidence for any clues on what happened.

“Our detectives spent almost the entire evening, through early morning, just grabbing almost anything that might be useful in our investigation," Sheriff Wedding said.

The community hopes the investigation leads to some answers on what happened on Bob Court Drive.

“We couldn’t wrap our minds around it because we’re really close to it. So how could it? I don’t know,” the neighbor said.

The autopsy was completed on Thursday afternoon and it will take approximately three weeks to get the toxicology results back to determine their cause of death.

Sheriff Wedding says there have been no previous calls to the home.

He says the woman had only lived there for about five months.

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