VALPARAISO | No charges will be filed against Elliott McCowan, the father of convicted murderer Dustin McCowan, in the death of Amanda Bach.
Sgt. Larry LaFlower, Porter County Sheriff's Department's public information officer, issued a statement Friday morning saying the decision has been made not to pursue charges against the elder McCowan. He said the decision was reached by his department and the Porter County prosecutor's office because there is no probable cause at this time.
That, he said, will end the investigation into any possible role Elliott McCowan may have played in Bach's death or in the attempt to cover up the murder.
LaFlower said the investigation could be reopened if his department receives new information in the case.
Elliott McCowan is a Crown Point police officer.
Dustin McCowan was sentenced to the near-maximum 60 years in prison for the Sept. 16, 2011, murder of his former girlfriend, Bach, of Portage. Bach was 19 at the time of her death.
Dustin McCowan, 20, was sentenced March 28 after being convicted of shooting Bach in the throat during the early morning hours after she showed up at the Union Township home he was living in at the time with his father. Bach's body was found the following day less than 300 yards from the house in a wooded area along County Road 625 West at the Canadian National Railroad tracks.