Skip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Human remains found in field are those of teen missing since November, coroner says
urgent

Human remains found in field are those of teen missing since November, coroner says

{{featured_button_text}}
Devante Johnson FILE

Devante C. Johnson, 18, of Gary, was last seen about Nov. 1 at his home near Fifth Avenue and Taney Place, police said. Human remains found in a field in March have been identified as those of Johnson.

GARY — The remains of an 18-year-old reported missing in November 2019 have been identified as those found in a small field in March. A gunshot wound was found in the deceased man’s body, according to Lake County coroner's report.

Devante Johnson, 18, of Gary, was identified by the Lake County coroner’s office Saturday. The office used dental records to identify Johnson, whose remains was found on March 28, when a man spotted bones in a small field.

Police found his skeletal remains in the 800 block of Rhode Island Street in Gary. At the time, not much was known about the person's identity, including gender or race.

Although Johnson suffered a gunshot wound, his manner of death is still undetermined, according to the coroner’s report.

Human remains found in small field, police say

Johnson was reportedly last seen on Nov. 1, 2019, at his home in the 500 block of Taney Place in Gary. Johnson's foster mother reported him missing several days later, police said. His foster mother reported no problems at home that would cause him to leave town.

Police seek tips about man last seen in Gary several weeks ago

The Gary Police Department, the Lake County Sheriff's Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Lake County coroner’s office are investigating the death.

Recent arrests booked into Lake County Jail

2
0
2
15
6

Get local news delivered to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

Related to this story

An apartment house in LaPorte being condemned might be the first of other rental units ordered to be shut down under an aggressive stance by the mayor against deplorable living conditions.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News

Crime

Entertainment & Dining

Latest News

Local Sports

NWI Prep Sport News

Weather Alerts