Griffith police have suspect in custody for kidnapping, slaying of Mary Austgen

2013-04-24T11:30:00Z 2014-06-18T20:09:12Z Griffith police have suspect in custody for kidnapping, slaying of Mary AustgenMarisa Kwiatkowski, (219) 662-5333

GRIFFITH | Police have a suspect in custody relating to the kidnapping and killing of 76-year-old Mary Austgen, a police spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.

The Griffith and Alsip, Ill. police departments executed a search warrant on Tuesday at a residence in Alsip and took someone into custody for questioning, said Griffith police Detective Lt. Matt Argadine.

No criminal charges have been filed, and police are not naming the person in custody at this time.

Alsip police Lt. Jay Miller, who is investigations supervisor for the department, referred all questions to Griffith police.

Evidence collected by police indicates Austgen was attacked and kidnapped at gunpoint March 28 from her family business, 801 E. Main St. in Griffith, police said.

Two rings she was wearing appeared to have been taken during the abduction, Argadine said.

Her body was discovered March 29 at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, where she was found to have been fatally shot in the abdomen, police said.

Police previously told The Times there was a man seen on video leaving with Mary Austgen from her Griffith business March 28 that matched a man seen later that day on casino video surveillance inside the parking garage.

The man entered the casino via the parking garage and left through the front valet parking area. The man entered a black four-door vehicle that left the scene about 6:45 p.m. March 28, police said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Griffith Police Department, (219) 924-3141, or the department's anonymous tip line at (219) 922-3085.

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