Cops Release Pics of Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife

Husband of Amanda Blackburn says she 'didn't have an enemy in the world'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2015 12:32 PM CST

Indianapolis police trying to find out who murdered Amanda Blackburn on Nov. 10 have ruled out her husband, Davey, and on Friday they announced a breakthrough: a picture of the suspect. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released two photos Monday night, captured by a neighboring home's security camera, the Indianapolis Star reports. Cops say the suspect—who has a slight-to-medium build, stands between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, and was wearing light-colored pants and a hoodie—looked like he was trying to hide his face as he entered the Blackburns' home. "It was such an obscure photo and it's extremely difficult to say that anybody recognized it," Davey Blackburn said Tuesday morning during a Good Morning America appearance, per Fox59. "Our neighborhood was so close ... this has devastated all the neighbors."

As the police implore the public to come forward with any information that could help crack the case, they're releasing more details. The suspect is believed to have left the area in a dark-colored SUV, which police think contained multiple stolen TVs, WRTV reports. A memorial for the slain 28-year-old, who was 12 weeks pregnant, was held Sunday night at a nearby church, and more than 2,000 showed up to pay their respects, the Star reports. Davey Blackburn, meanwhile, said he was "baffled" by his wife's murder—"Amanda didn't have an enemy in the world"—and that the worst part for him is knowing their 15-month-old son, Weston, will grow up without his mother. "She was the perfect mom," he said, per Fox59. "I wish every mom in the world could've learned from her." (More murder stories.)

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