Police focusing on video of a vehicle in Piatak homicide

2013-11-14T18:00:00Z 2013-11-15T12:03:08Z Police focusing on video of a vehicle in Piatak homicideChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
November 14, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville investigators have video surveillance of a vehicle they believe was involved in the Nov. 4 slaying at Piatak Meats.

Robert Wiley, Merrillville's chief of detectives, said police are in the process of determining the make and model of the vehicle as well as who owns it.

Wiley said police aren't yet ready to release images of the vehicle.

He said Merrillville's detective bureau is actively investigating the homicide "every day," but there are no suspects in custody in connection to the shooting that killed Andrew Fugate, 27, of Hobart.

Investigators executed two search warrants involving people of interest, but the searches didn't provide information police were seeking, Wiley said.

Fugate's body was discovered by a store manager about 7 a.m. Nov. 4 on the cooler floor of Piatak Meats. Fugate had arrived for work at his family's business about 4 a.m. to begin meat preparations, police said.

Police believe there was a burglary at Piatak, which is on Broadway south of 61st Avenue. No items were reported stolen from the business.

The Northwest Indiana Major Crimes Task Force was activated at the start of the investigation. Detectives from the task force since have returned to their respective agencies, Wiley said.

Conducting interviews, examining records and verifying information were among the investigative work completed by the task force.

Wiley described the assistance from task force detectives as invaluable.

There were at least 15 detectives from 13 different agencies investigating the case when the task force was involved.

Police continue to seek information about the shooting. Tips can be provided to Wiley at (219) 769-3531. He said tips can be made anonymously.

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