GARY | Police were investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was found in the trunk of a burned-out vehicle in the 2700 block of Maryland Street late Monday morning.
According to reports, officers patrolling the area around 11:21 a.m., discovered the vehicle and saw legs were sticking out of the car's trunk. The car was found in a wooded area, according to the Lake County coroner's office.
The man was not identified Monday, but the Lake County coroner's office determine the cause of death was multiple stab wounds. The man was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m., and the death was ruled an apparent homicide, according to a news release.
Gary Police Sgt. Dan Callahan, who is leading the investigation, said not much was known at this point about the circumstances that led to the death of the man, saying it was too early to tell.
Callahan said all signs indicated it was a homicide, which would mark the 48th murder in the city this year.
“We believe that it’s probably going to be a homicide,” Callahan said.
Gary police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said the department plans to work with the Gang Response Investigative Team to determine if the death is related to last week's homicides of a couple who were found stabbed to death in their home in the 2500 block of Delaware Street.
The city has surpassed the total number of homicides seen throughout all of last year at 43, a number it matched last month with the shooting death of 35-year-old Jerome Williams, who was slain Oct. 14 outside a tavern in the 200 block of East 16th Avenue.
Times staff writer Elvia Malagon contributed to this report.