The Porter County
Coroner’s Office has released preliminary results on the two bodies
discovered on Saturday, March 2, in a burned out car in Hebron.
The bodies have
been confirmed as male and female but not yet definitively identified as
those of Thomas Grill, 19, of Cedar Lake, and Molley Lanham, 19, of St.
John, missing since Monday, Feb. 25.
Kerner, 17, of Center Township, has been formally charged with the murder of
Grill and Lanham, following an intensive investigation based on information
provided by a confidential informant who told police that Kerner admitted
bludgeoning Grill to death with a pipe wrench and shooting Lanham in the
head, then burning their bodies in a vehicle.
however, “are estimated to be completed and available by the end of next
week,” the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Office has also confirmed cause and manner of death in the case of the
female: homicide by gunshot.
Cause and manner of
death are still pending in the case of the male, the PCSP said.
The results of a
toxicology screen are pending as well, the PCSP added.
Kerner was waived
into adult court and is being held at the Porter County Jail without bond.