GARY | As the family of a 30-year-old man frantically searched for him in Chicago, he remained a John Doe for more than two weeks in the Lake County coroner's office.
Emmanuel Dominguez, of Chicago, was identified Thursday by the Lake County coroner's office as the man who was found stabbed to death Nov. 4 in a burned-out car in Gary.
After remaining unidentified for more than two weeks, the coroner's office asked for the public's help Wednesday and released details about a bronze whistle and keys that were found on him.
A Gary police officer on routine patrol the morning of Nov. 4 spotted legs sticking out of the trunk of a burned-out car in the wooded area of the 2700 block of Maryland Street, police said.
The coroner's office determined Dominguez died from multiple stab wounds and his death was ruled a homicide. The death was Gary's 48th homicide this year.
Chicago police said a missing person's report was filed in Summit.
Summit Police Chief Les Peterson said Dominguez lived part-time in the southwest suburb and Dominguez's brother reported him missing.
"We did whatever we could do to assist," he said. "It's a very sad thing for the family."
Dominguez was last seen Nov. 2 after attending a Halloween party described as a rave in the area of Damen Avenue and Walnut Street in Chicago, according to missing person's flier that was distributed. His car was later discovered Nov. 8 in Chicago.
A Facebook page was created that shared information about the case and was used to mobilize the community for search parties. The last search party was Saturday in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood.