Unidentified woman found in Gary alley died of gunshot wound: coroner

Chicago Tribune 1 month ago

A female body found in a Gary alley Sept. 16 died of a gunshot wound, the Lake County Coroner’s office said Tuesday.

Her body was found in an alley near Pennsylvania Street and 20th Avenue, and appeared to have been dead for two days, previous reports said. She’s believed to be between 14 and 18 years old, according to the coroner’s office.

The coroner’s office found dental records and a possible family from Illinois for the young woman and representatives met with that family Monday and took DNA from the mother to give to the Indiana State Police for testing.

The “limited” dental records found contain radiographics from when the female was 9, however, and a forensic odontologist could not immediately make a positive identification.

The family told representatives they haven't seen their loved one in weeks.

On Saturday, the coroner’s office released reconstructed photos of the young woman’s face. The images are facial reconstructions created by a forensic artist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and depict what the young woman may have looked like when she was alive, the coroner’s office said in a release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective William Poe, of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, can be reached at 219-755-3852 or the Lake County Coroner’s office can be reached at 219-755-3265.

Michelle L. Quinn is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

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