Griffith police to hold press conference on status of murder investigation

2013-04-25T12:30:00Z 2013-04-25T15:13:05Z Griffith police to hold press conference on status of murder investigationBy Marisa Kwiatkowski marisa.kwiatkowski@nwi.com, (219) 662-5333 nwitimes.com

GRIFFITH | The Griffith Police Department has announced a press conference for 3 p.m. today to announce updates in their multi-agency investigation into the murder of 76-year-old Mary Austgen.

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, said Griffith police Detective Lt. Matt Argadine.

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.

On Tuesday, the Griffith and Alsip, Ill. police departments executed a search warrant at a residence in Alsip and took someone into custody for questioning, Argadine said.

Argadine would not name that suspect on Wednesday.

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, police said. The man entered a black four-door vehicle that left the scene about 6:45 p.m. March 28, police said.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Griffith

Town of Griffith

111 North Broad Street, Griffith, IN 46319
219.924.7500

Griffith Police Department

115 North Broad Street Griffith, IN 46319
219.924.7500

Griffith Fire Department

111 North Broad Street Griffith, IN 46319
219.924.7503

Griffith Parks and Recreation

111 North Broad Street Griffith, IN 46319
219.922.3078

Griffith Public Schools

Administration Center
602 N. Raymond Griffith, IN 46319
219.924.4250