Tipsters call M'ville police as murder investigation continues

2014-02-28T14:57:00Z 2014-02-28T22:11:08Z Tipsters call M'ville police as murder investigation continuesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 28, 2014 2:57 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Investigators have received multiple tips this week after offering a reward for information about the Nov. 4 slaying at Piatak Meats and releasing video footage of a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident.

Robert Wiley, Merrillville's chief of detectives, said the department received about 10 calls regarding the shooting that killed Andrew Fugate, 27, of Hobart.

Wiley said the calls haven't turned into concrete evidence, but "for the most part, they've been helpful."

Fugate arrived for work at his family's business about 4 a.m. Nov. 4 to begin meat preparations. His body was discovered by another employee about 7 a.m. that day.

Police said Fugate was shot in the head three times, once at close range.

Wiley said no arrests have been made in the case.

On Monday, police issued video of a light-colored large GM vehicle investigators are attempting to identify.

The vehicle is a late 1990s or early 2000s model that most closely resembles a GMC Yukon or a Chevrolet Tahoe, police said. It's possible the vehicle is a Cadillac Escalade.

Video surveillance from several businesses along Broadway shows the vehicle traveling from the 4800 block of Broadway in Gary to Piatak Meats at 6200 Broadway after 4 a.m. Nov. 4.

The footage shows two occupants from the vehicle entered the business. The two people returned to the vehicle about 10 minutes later and headed north on Broadway.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the homicide.

Police ask anyone with information about the murder to contact Wiley at (219) 769-3531, ext. 545. Tips can be made anonymously.

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