Muncie Police Department detectives believe they know the identity of the body set on fire Saturday.
Detectives are waiting for the results of the autopsy, which is scheduled for Monday. The woman's body was found Saturday around 7:30 a.m. because a fire caught the attention of people driving on Gavin Street.
The woman's body was wrapped in a bed sheet, which was on fire.
"It is bizarre,” said Hopper. “I haven't heard of anybody doing anything like that before.”
Detectives believe the woman was killed sometime Friday night inside a home on the 300 block of North Hackley Street. Detectives charged 24-year-old Terry Rutledge with murder. Police said he and his friend, Regina Miller, who lives inside the home on the 300 block of North Hackley Street, went to a couple of bars, and then with the help of Antowyn Warren, left the woman's body on the side of the road hours later. Detectives think Rutledge and the woman killed were friends, but that Miller and Warren did not know her.
"We're still working with the investigation and the autopsy is tomorrow,” said Hopper. “We still have a few other people to speak with tomorrow. We'll know more by the end of the week.”
Rutledge has been charged with murder, obstruction of justice and assisting a criminal. Miller and Warren have been charged with obstruction of justice and assisting a criminal.
Muncie woman murdered, body found on fire
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