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GARY — The release of a composite sketch of a girl found dead in an alley generated a number of good leads and investigators have sent DNA samples to a state lab in hopes of identifying her, police said.

The girl, believed to be between 14 and 18 years old, was found Sept. 16 in an alley near Pennsylvania Street and 20th Place in Gary.

The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.

Investigators with the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, the Lake County coroner's office, the Gary Police Department's Juvenile Division, the FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have been reviewing missing persons cases in hopes of identifying the girl.

Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey posted composite sketches of the girl on her personal Facebook page last weekend.

Results from DNA testing can take several weeks, depending on whether the Indiana State Police lab expedites its work on the case.

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The girl is described as black, 5 foot 2 inches in height and weighing 117 pounds, with short black hair and pierced ears. She was wearing a blue and white Nike windbreaker, blue Champion-brand pants with gray stripes, blue and black Nike Air Max Plus gym shoes size 7 and a pink T-shirt with a Superman emblem and "Supergirl Power" written on the front.

Anyone aware of a missing girl who matches the description is asked to call Detective William Poe, of the Lake County/Gary Metro Homicide Unit, at 219-755-3852 or the coroner's office at 219-755-3265.

To anonymously report crime in Gary, call 866-CRIME-GP.

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