Police release photos of casino homicide suspect, ask for public's help

2013-04-03T15:11:00Z 2014-06-18T20:09:09Z Police release photos of casino homicide suspect, ask for public's helpElvia Malagon elvia.malagon@nwi.com, (219) 933-3246 nwitimes.com

GRIFFITH | Police released photos Wednesday of a man believed to be the suspect in the homicide of Mary C. Austgen.

Surveillance still photos show the man walking into Austgen's family-owned Griffith business holding a black backpack. He was wearing a black jacket, black Harley-Davidson hat with an orange flame and black sunglasses.

Austgen, 76, of St. John, was abducted about 5:40 p.m. March 28 from The Austgen Cos., 801 E. Main St., Griffith police said. She was found dead at 2:10 a.m. Friday inside her white 2011 GMC Yukon Denali in the parking lot of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary. 

Police said Austgen was shot in the abdomen.

Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram told media police think the homicide is an isolated incident, and that Austgen was seen leaving with the man in surveillance video.

Austgen's family who worked with her at The Austgen Cos. had reported her missing March 28. The building where she worked included Austgen Electric Inc., an electrical contractor company, according to its website.

Police detectives from Griffith and Gary searched the business last week, and officials said it was being treated as a crime scene. Police also searched her St. John home.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Griffith Police Department's anonymous tip line at (219) 922-3085. People also can call Gary police Detective Lorenzo Davis at (219) 881-4738 or the department's anonymous tip line at (866) 274-6347.

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