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
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
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.
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