The victim of the
homicide committed sometime early Wednesday morning behind the offices of
the Chesterton Tribune has been identified and the cause of her death
Chief Dave Cincoski released the victimís name late on Wednesday: Nicole
Gland, 24, of Portage, who worked as a bartender at the Upper Deck, located
three doors to the north of the Tribune building.
The cause of
Glandís death, according to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris, following a
forensic autopsy conducted early this morning: exsanguination as a result of
multiple stab wounds to the torso, head, and neck.
Gland sustained 24
separate stab wounds, including defensive wounds to both hands and forearms,
Harris said. ďItís one of the worst stabbings Iíve ever seen.Ē
The results of
x-rays and a routine toxicology screen are pending.
told the Tribune that heís hopeful of a quick resolution to the
investigation. ďWe have identified a number of persons of interest,Ē he
Gland was found at
approximately 9:10 a.m. Wednesday by a Tribune employee arriving at
work. She was slumped over in the front seat of her silver Ford SUV, which
had either come to rest against or collided with a dumpster and an old sofa
located behind the Tribune building on Lois Lane.
The driverís side
window of the vehicle was partially rolled down, but Cincoski declined to
say whether Glandís keys were in the SUVís ignition and whether the vehicle
had been left in Park, Neutral, or Drive.
He did say that no
purse or identification was found in the vehicle.
Gland was on duty
at the Upper Deck in the hours before her death and closed the tavern,
Cincoski said. Sheís believed to have exited the building by the rear door
around 3 a.m. and the last person known to have seen her alive was an
Cincoski would not
say at this point whether investigators believe the attack began or occurred
in Glandís vehicle or at a different location on or near Lois Lane.
Lois Lane is
essentially the parking lot serving the South Calumet Road business block
and is located immediately west of Coffee Creek Park.
that he has no reason to believe the public is at risk and expressed his
belief that the person responsible for Glandís murder will be soon
apprehended and charged.
Multiple persons of
interest have been interviewed, Cincoski added, but he declined to say what
their relationship to Gland might have been.
He did, however,
urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual late Tuesday night
or early Wednesday evening--on Lois Lane, in Coffee Creek Park, or at any of
the South Calumet Road businesses which might have been open at the time--to
call the CPD at 926-1136.
The CPD conducted a
consensual search of Glandís residence on Wednesday, Cincoski noted. What
evidence was collected, if any, he would not say. Collected at the scene and
taken into custody for processing were Glandís SUV, two dumpsters, and a
95-gallon roll-away trash bin.
investigators with the Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force and the
Indiana State Police--accompanied by a K-9 unit--were walking the scene and
re-interviewing Tribune employees.