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Missing Portage woman shot to death

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A Portage woman reported missing since Tuesday, Nov. 19, has been found dead in Gary, Portage Police are reporting.

The body of Adriana Saucedo, 27, was found on Thursday in the abandoned Horace S. Norton Elementary School, 1356 Harrison Blvd., police said this morning.

Saucedo was last seen entering a dark-colored sedan at 7 p.m. Tuesday with an unknown male subject.

On Thursday, detectives received “critical information” on the identity of the male subject, whom Saucedo had met on Facebook and was believed to have arranged to meet for the purchase of marijuana. That subject is a 15-year-old Gary boy, located by detectives at the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy at 3401 W. Fifth Ave. in Gary.

The boy was detained and transported to the Portage PD, where his parents met with detectives.

During the course of their investigation, detectives identified two other subjects believed to have been present at the time Saucedo was picked up at her residence on Tuesday: a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy.

At some time after entering the vehicle, police said, Saucedo was shot inside the car, “in what appears to be a robbery of her money she was to use for the marijuana purchase.” The subjects then “callously dumped” her at the abandoned elementary school, where she was subsequently located by Dets. Kurt Biggs and Nicole Heuberger and Police Chief Troy Williams.

The 16-year-old suspect was located at his home and transported to Portage PD, where his parents similarly met with detectives, police said. At mid-morning today the 17-year-old boy remained at large. Both the 15- and 16-year-old boy were being held at the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center.

“I want to take a moment and talk about the cooperation of local law enforcement and the (Lake County) Coroner’s Office as well as the Porter County Prosecutor, Gary Germann, last night and what it meant to see approximately 30 police officers working together to bring the subjects involved in this heinous crime to justice. The determination displayed last night by everyone was exemplary.”



Posted 11/22/2019




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