GARY — The Lake County coroner's office and police are seeking help finding the family of a young teen found dead Monday in an alley.

The girl is believed to be 14 to 18 years old, Lake County coroners have determined.  

The teen, who is listed as a "Jane Doe," was discovered about 8:20 a.m. by NIPSCO employees just west of Pennsylvania Street near 20th Place in Gary, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department. Authorities have not yet disclosed the manner of death, pending further investigation.

She is African-American, 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds, with short black hair and pierced ears. At the time of her death, the victim had been wearing a size 32B bra, a blue and white Nike windbreaker, striped Champion pants, and a pink T-shirt with a Superman emblem and the words "Supergirl Power" on the front. She also wore blue and black Nike Air Max Plus tennis shoes.

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Anyone with information about the teen is asked to call the Lake County coroner’s office at 219-755-3265.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.