The victim, Amanda Blackburn, is the wife of an Indianapolis pastor. She was shot in the head during the home invasion and died the following day while hospitalized.
The intruder's image was captured by a home security camera.
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After days of near-silence on the slaying of a young pastor's wife, more than a dozen law enforcement authorities came together Friday to announce significant developments in the case, including news on a possible suspect.
"We know who killed her; at least we have a picture of him," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department homicide Capt. Craig Converse, quickly adding: "We don't know the name."
Authorities obtained surveillance footage taken the same morning from the same Northwestside neighborhood where Amanda Blackburn was killed. She was found fatally wounded about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in her home in the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court. The footage shows a male between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and of slim-to-medium build, who was wearing light-colored pants and a two-toned hoodie. Police said he tried to conceal his face from neighbors.
Police also said the surveillance cameras from area homeowners captured a dark-colored SUV driving quickly through the area. Although photos were not released at Friday's news conference, police said they expect they will later put out pictures of the person.
"We are serious about this. We're coming to get you," Police Chief Rick Hite said in a City-County Building conference room that was filled with as many public safety officials as members of the media.
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