Authorities expect to ID body soon
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent July 8, 2014 6:24PM
Updated: July 9, 2014 2:01AM
CROWN POINT — Authorities on Tuesday said they hope to soon identify the body of a woman that was discovered Monday by Gary police in the truck of a car in a swampy area off the 2000 block of East 22nd Avenue.
Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner George Deliopoulos said his office should have an identification of the woman by Wednesday. He said the office has determined the cause of death to be from blunt force trauma to the head.
“We’re going through photos on possible workplace identifications that were in the car,” Deliopoulos said. “We’re also processing to get her fingerprinted, and we’re trying to get dental records.”
A family with a loved one missing from Crown Point has come forward to talk to authorities, he said.
The decomposed body was found in a red, two-door 2008 Toyota Solara that had a key still in the ignition, said Gary Detective Richard McClelland, the lead investigator on the case.
“I’m very interested in anyone who may know ... the last whereabouts of the vehicle before it got found in that swamp,” he said.
Anyone with information on the case or the recovered car should call McClelland at (219) 881-1214.