IMPD Homicide Detectives Make Arrest in Indianapolis West Side Homicide Investigation

INDIANAPOLIS –  On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Homicide detectives identified and arrested a suspect allegedly involved in the death of 54-year-old Donna Hawes.

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, just after 1:00 p.m., IMPD Southwest District officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Hardin Blvd on a report of a death investigation. When officers arrived, they located an adult female with apparent trauma. IEMS arrived, and unfortunately, the victim was pronounced deceased on the scene.   

Homicide detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation. The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to assist in identifying and collecting potential forensic evidence. The Marion County Coroner’s Office also assisted and determined the exact manner and cause of death.

John Moreno

IMPD homicide detectives continued their investigation and were able to identify the alleged suspect. On February 24, 2021, Homicide Detectives announced the arrest of 27-year-old John Moreno for his alleged involvement in the death of Donna Hawes. Moreno was arrested and charged with Murder. The Marion County Prosecutors Office (MCPO) will review the case and determine a final charging decision.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317.327.3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317.262.8477 or (TIPS).  Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to a felony arrest.  Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards.

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