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Woman’s body found at Riley School in Gary

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



GARY — Children playing basketball at shuttered Riley Elementary School in Glen Park found the partially clad body of a badly beaten woman Saturday morning.

The woman’s body was discovered about 11 a.m. near a garbage-strewn doorway on the school’s southwest side at 1301 E. 43rd Ave.

Blood was visible on the ground where she was found. The woman was still wearing spiked heels and appeared to be white or Hispanic, said Lt. Jack Arnold of the Gary Police Department.

Arnold said the woman carried no identification. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department crime lab technicians processed the scene for evidence.

According to Arnold, the woman appeared to be in her mid-20s and was wearing a gray skirt with black tights, a black shirt and a black and white jacket. She has the tattoo of a bird on her upper right shoulder area with the word “dad” in it. Authorities list her height as 5 feet 5 inches and her weight as approximately 130 pounds.

“Hopefully, some loved ones will call to let us know who she is,” Arnold said.

Riley Elementary School closed in 2004.

The victim suffered trauma to the head, police said.

Gary police called her death an apparent homicide, and said an autopsy was scheduled for Sunday morning. The cause of her death was not available Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information can call Detective Mike Barnes or Sgt. Larry Robertson of the Gary Police Department at 881-1210.



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