Police continue search for evidence in Union Township homicide

2011-09-22T14:30:00Z 2013-02-02T16:58:08Z Police continue search for evidence in Union Township homicideBy John Scheibel john.scheibel@nwi.com, (219) 548-4358 nwitimes.com

UNION TOWNSHIP | Porter County police on Thursday continued searching for evidence in the case of a Portage woman's slaying.

Amanda Bach was found dead Saturday in Union Township, a day after her car was discovered parked next to a store in Wheeler. She had been shot once in the neck.

Dustin McCowan, 18, of Union Township, was arrested and formally charged with murder.

But police on Thursday were continuing to search for evidence -- especially for the weapon used in the crime.

Bach's car was discovered early Sept. 16 parked at Dean's general store on Ind. 130 at County Road 625 West. Investigators and the Porter County Sheriff's Department canine unit on Thursday searched the roadside between the store and McCowan's home about two miles to the south.

Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said investigators were looking for fresh evidence in the area.

LaFlower said he could not comment on what, if anything, police found during their search Thursday.

LaFlower said there still are leads coming into the department, but authorities encourage the public to continue to call the Sheriff's Department with any information about the case. LaFlower said they especially are interested in talking to anyone who had contact with McCowan on Sept. 15 or 16.

The Indiana University Police Department has been helping in that effort, LaFlower said. McCowan went to visit friends Sept. 16 at the Bloomington campus. Police there have been helping track down anyone who was with McCowan at that time.

McCowan has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and through his attorney is maintaining his innocence.

The Porter County Sheriff's Department Detective Bureau can be reached at (219) 477-3130.

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