It will take at least two more weeks before the cause of Shawnna Forgus’
death is definitively determined.
But Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris has formally ruled the Valparaiso
woman’s death a homicide.
An autopsy conducted on Thursday in Indianapolis revealed that Forgus
sustained “obvious trauma to the head and neck” with “indications of
strangulation,” Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.
But further tissue tests will be needed to determine whether Forgus was
strangled or, on the other hand, whether she suffered a brain hemorrhage as
a result of the trauma to her head.
A routine rape test will also be conducted, Harris said, as well as a
Forgus, 22, was found deceased at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday in her bedroom at 403
Courtney St. The Valparaiso Police Department currently has six detectives
tasked to the investigation.
Forgus was the mother of two young children.