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UPDATE: Woman who died near Porter Beach ID'd as Portage resident

UPDATE: Woman who died near Porter Beach ID'd as Portage resident

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PORTER — A woman declared dead after being found alongside a road near Porter Beach Wednesday has been identified as 29-year-old Shanda Crowe, of Portage, the Porter County coroner's office announced Thursday afternoon.

Crowe was discovered unresponsive, and the cause and manner of her death are pending an autopsy and toxicology tests, the coroner's office said.

Porter police said they responded at 6:41 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Waverly Road, north of the South Shore Line tracks, for a reported cardiac arrest.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Crowe lying on the grass berm of the road. The woman was being given CPR and had signs of physical trauma, Porter police spokesperson John Lane said in a news release. 

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Witnesses told police the woman had fallen or jumped from a moving vehicle that was being driven by Matthew Urquidi, 36, of Portage, police said. 

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

Police said Urquidi, who was driving the car, had also been involved in a hit-and-run property damage crash further north on Waverly Road. 

The Portage man was found to have a blood alcohol content of about 0.17%, or about twice the legal limit for driving. Urquidi was arrested and taken to the Porter County Jail, police said. 

Urquidi was charged with operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, police said. 

Chesterton police, Burns Harbor police, the Porter Fire Department, Northwest Health EMS, the Porter Street Department and officials with Indiana Dunes National Park also responded to the scene.


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South Lake County Reporter

Mary Freda is the South Lake County reporter at The Times. She is a proud Ball State graduate, where she studied news journalism and Spanish. You can reach Mary at or 219-853-2563.

Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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