are investigating the death of a Mishawaka woman whose body was found Monday
in a car buried under snow in the Target parking lot.
police, on Monday morning officers were called to the lot to investigate an
abandoned compact car on the far east side of the lot.
“The vehicle was
nearly completely covered in snow, only the rear quarter panel visible,” as
“a result of recent snow falls and snow removal efforts in the parking lot,”
checked the vehicle’s license plate, which returned to a Mishawaka woman
reported missing on Jan. 18 and suicidal, police said.
found the woman, deceased, in the vehicle’s back seat. “No obvious signs of
trauma were observed,” police said.
No autopsy has been
ordered but the results of a toxicology screen are pending, Porter County
Coroner Chuck Harris told the Chesterton Tribune today.
Harris did note
that the woman was “dressed and in a sleeping position” when found. There
was also evidence in the vehicle of prescription sedatives. There was no
“Due to the history
of the woman and evidence at the scene we believe that this is probably an
overdose,” Harris said. “However, further testing will determine the final
cause of death. There is a possibility that the death was a result of
The VPD has been in
contact with the Mishawaka PD and is continuing its investigation.