CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Police have several persons of interest in the cold case homicide of 56-year-old Daniel Valdez, but so far none of them has been willing to talk to detectives.
Lake County sheriff’s Detective Michelle Dvorscak is hoping some of those people may have confided in someone else, who will be willing to come in and set the record straight.
“I hate not knowing what happened to him,” Dvorscak said. “According to everyone I talk to, he was a very Christian person.”
Valdez, of Calumet Township, was reported missing Oct. 16, 2017. His body was found well-hidden Oct. 20, 2017, in a home that previously had been searched several times, she said.
Police think Valdez was killed sometime between Oct. 13 and 19, 2017. Dvorscak declined to comment on the cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.
A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, police said.
Valdez would have given anyone the shirt off his back, she said.
“He would put their needs before his own, so he did not deserve this,” Dvorscak said. “He was this God-fearing Christian person who had no enemies. It’s very frustrating not being able to give the family closure.”
Valdez was known to ride and moped and frequent Gary and Hammond. He was riding a moped when he was hit by a car in 2014 in Hammond. He was airlifted to a hospital, but survived his injuries.
Dvorscak doesn’t think that case has any link to his homicide.
Anyone with information about Valdez’s homicide is asked to call Dvorscak at 219-755-3346.
To remain anonymous, call the sheriff’s tip line at 219-750-8746.