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Chesterton Police investigating woman’s homicide behind Tribune office

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Vehicle where body was found sits alongside the Chesterton Tribune dumpster this morning. As of press time investigating officers had cleared the scene and Tribune route drivers were picking up their bundles for daily delivery.



The Chesterton Police Department is treating as a homicide the death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle this morning behind the offices of the Chesterton Tribune, at 193 S. Calumet Road.

The victim--a white female subject who has not yet been identifed but appears to have been in her thirties--was found at approximately 9:10 a.m. by a Tribune employee, slumped over in the front seat of a silver Ford SUV which had either come to rest against or had rolled into an old sofa and a dumpster located behind the Tribune building on Lois Lane. The SUV’s driver’s side window was partially rolled down.

“It is being treated as a homicide,” CPD Chief Dave Cincoski told the Tribune shortly before deadline. “We are definitely looking at a weapon being involved.”

Cincoski declined to say what sort of weapon investigators believe may have been responsible.

Porter County Chuck Harris told the Tribune that the “body did have injuries” but he was unable at this early stage to say exactly what they were or how they were sustained. A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday, he said.

At the moment investigators believe that the woman’s body could have remained in the vehicle undiscovered for as many as seven hours, as the SUV apparently wasn’t there when the nearby Upper Deck tavern closed, sometime around 2 a.m.

“At this point there’s been no identification of the woman,” Cincoski said. “We are following leads to ID her.”

Cincoski emphasized that he has no reason to believe the public is at risk. He did urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual late Tuesday or early Wednesday--on Lois Lane, in Coffee Creek Park, or in any of the South Calumet Road businesses which might have been open--to call the CPD at 926-1136.

Access to Lois Lane--essentially the parking lot serving the South Calumet Road business block as well as Coffee Creek Park--was still blocked by police tape late this morning, Detectives, assisted by the Porter PD, were photographing the scene and searching dumpsters.

Also on the scene: the Chesterton Fire and Street departments.



Posted 4/19/2017




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