Tiny Schneider may have its first homicide in at least 40 years
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent March 20, 2013 5:10PM
Updated: April 22, 2013 12:15PM
SCHNEIDER — Officials are investigating what may be the first homicide in the town in at least 40 years after a woman was found Monday in her home with ligature marks around her neck.
A spokesman from the Lake County Coroner’s office Wednesday confirmed they were investigating the death of 40-year-old Tracy Loitz of the 23000 block of Cottage Grove Avenue in Schneider.
The office was called to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point at 10:05 p.m. Monday regarding the death. Loitz was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:30 p.m. with what was described as ligature or strangulation marks on her neck.
A cause of death has not been determined pending the outcome of toxicology reports, the spokesman said. There is no information on what may have been used to cause the marks.
Schneider Town Council President Richard Ludlow said since the town uses the town marshal system and does not have a detective, the death is being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
“They are conducting a death investigation,” Ludlow said. Police were seeking Loitz’s boyfriend for questioning but he is unsure if that has occurred.
If the death proves to be a homicide it will be the first in the small town of less than 300 in recent memory. Ludlow said there has not been a murder in the town since he moved to Schneider in 1974. He does not know about prior years.
“There’s not been a homicide here in the last 30 to 40 years at least,” Ludlow said.