Police search for missing Portage woman

2011-09-16T20:30:00Z 2011-09-24T00:25:09Z Police search for missing Portage womanBy Carmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

Porter County authorities and the family of a missing 19-year-old Portage girl are asking anyone who may have seen her early Friday morning to notify police.

Amanda Bach was last seen leaving her home at 10 p.m. Thursday. She was driving a 1996 gold Pontiac G6. The vehicle was found at 3 a.m. Friday morning, broken down at County Road 625 West and Ind. 130 in the parking lot of Dean's General Store in Wheeler.

Bach has not been heard from.

Bach, who has worked at Quaker Steak & Lube in Portage for the past year and a half, graduated from Portage High School in June. Her father, Bill Bach, said she was off from work and was spending time with her family. 

"She left at 10 p.m. (Thursday) to visit a friend in Wheeler," he said Friday night.

"We don't know precisely when she left that house. She missed her curfew at 1 a.m. We had gone on to bed and didn't know she had missed curfew. The police found her car at 3:15 in the morning. I went there, and I knew something was wrong," he said.

Bach said he hadn't talked to his daughter since she left the house. He said her belongings were found in the car. He said he's called her cellphone and hasn't had any response. 

"She's a responsible kid," he said. "We weren't waiting up for her. I've talked to all of her friends. I don't know exactly what time she left Wheeler, but it's under investigation. If anyone has any leads, we ask them to please call the Porter County police."

Porter County Sheriff David Lain said police were using a helicopter Friday to search the area for Bach.

Bach is 5 foot 2 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds and has brown eyes and brown, below-the-shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray shirt and black Capri-style pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Porter County Sheriff's Department at (219) 477-3000.

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