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Lake County coroner asks public for identifying assistance

Updated: January 13, 2013 11:07AM



The Lake County Coroner’s Office is seeking help to identify victims, and contact family members of those identified from the past year, saying all leads have been exhausted.

County Coroner Merrilee D. Frey said they have also been working with Stephen Nawrocki, a forensic anthropologist, to help find more information about the physical characteristics of the victims.

“It is our hope that this additional information may get someone’s interest who is missing a friend or relative,” Frey said. “Anyone with information is urged to contact our office at 219-755-3265. We are pursuing every effort to identify these victims and locating family members.”

The following are descriptions of unidentified victims:

On Dec. 24, 2011, a black female, approximately 45 to 50 years old was found at 2035 Pennsylvania St. in Gary. The death occurred as a result of a homicide, and the victim was discovered in a garage.

On April 1, 2012, a black female, approximately 35 to 55 years old was discovered at 2040 E. 22nd Place in Gary. The victim’s height is estimated at 5 feet 8 inches, and she had a larger than average build.

On July 15, 2012, an unidentifiable male was discovered in a room at 137 E. 39th Ave. in Gary, which had been boarded and vacated. It is possible this man had frequented a soup kitchen in the area.

On July 20, 2012, Amy Ellington, 39, was identified in Motel Lee in Schererville. The decedent was approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, 230 pounds. It is possible Ellington had relatives in Maryland but no family contact has been made.



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