Woman, 37, found dead on East Fairview Ave. in South Bend

(Photo supplied/The St. Joseph County Homicide Unit)

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a death in the 900 block of East Fairview Avenue in South Bend.

Police were called to that block around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sep. 13, after receiving a call about a woman needing help.

On arrival, they discovered the victim, Catherine Minix, 37, of South Bend, unresponsive, lying in the grass between two homes. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say Minix suffered some sort of body trauma. An autopsy is expected to take place on Monday. Metro Homicide investigators are examining the area where her body was found, as well as at the woman’s home in South Bend.

The following information was issued by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

This morning 9/13/20 at approximately 5:19 a.m. the communications center received an anonymous call asking for police to check the address of 925 E. Fairview for a woman who needed help. South Bend police officers responded and arrived on scene to find a female lying dead in the grass between two homes. The scene was quickly secured and Metro Homicide was dispatched. CMHU arrived and determined the deceased woman had suffered physical trauma however no details regarding her injuries will be released at this time until the autopsy is completed tomorrow morning.   

We have identified the victim as: CATHERINE MINIX F/W 37

We have determined that the victim’s home is located in the 900 block of E. Victoria St. We are currently conducting our crime scene investigation at the victim’s home and the immediate area where she was found.

We are also interviewing persons known to the victim and have developed a person of interest in this homicide investigation. No arrests have been made as of this release.

We’re asking anyone with information about this crime to contact CMHU at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.

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