Girl found dead in Dumpster identified as Calumet City 16-year-old

2012-06-08T22:44:00Z 2012-06-09T16:08:22Z Girl found dead in Dumpster identified as Calumet City 16-year-oldBy Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

The Lake County coroner's office has released the name of a 16-year-old girl found dead in a Hammond Dumpster early Thursday.

Jessica Tetter, of the 600 block of Wentworth Avenue, in Calumet City, suffered trauma to her head and body. She was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. Thursday.

Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said the girl was found at approximately 6:02 a.m. by a passer-by in the 5900 block of Hyslop Place in a rear Dumpster in central Hammond.

Miller said it appears the girl was killed elsewhere and then brought to Hammond.

Calumet City Assistant Police Chief Dan Zorzi said police are holding a person of interest who is being questioned in connection with the case. He declined to release the person's name.

"The case is still under investigation," Zorzi said. "We are investigating what happened to her. We are talking to the suspect and to witnesses, in an effort to piece together what happened and where it happened."

Zorzi said he believes the girl was a student at Thornton Fractional North High School, but he was not sure what grade she was in. He also would not say whether the girl had been reported missing by her family.

"It's still in the very early stages of the investigation. We expect to have a little more information Saturday," Zorzi said.

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