$10K reward offered in death of 76-year-old Indiana woman

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A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help police in identifying a suspect or suspects responsible for kidnapping and murdering a 76-year-old Griffith, Ind. woman.


Mary C. Austgen

Police say that Mary C. Austgen was attacked then kidnapped at gunpoint from her family business at 801 E.  Main St. in Griffith at approximately 5:40 p.m. on March 28. Further evidence revealed that two rings that Austgen was wearing were possibly taken during the abduction.

The victim was found in her white 2011 GMC Yukon Denali by personnel at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary. She had sustained a fatal gunshot to the abdomen.

Police are also trying to identify a person of interest driving a black four door vehicle that picked the suspect up at the Valet area of the Majestic Star Casino at approximately 6:45 PM on March 28th 2013.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives put $5,000 toward the reward; the other half of the $10,000 reward was donated by private individuals.

Anybody who has any information can contact the Griffith Police Department at 219-924-3141 or the Griffith Police Department anonymous tip line at


One of the victim’s rings possibly taken during abduction

219-922-3085 or can e-mail the Griffith Police Department at griffithpolice@griffith.in.gov.  They can also contact the Detective Lorenzo Davis of the Gary Police Homicide Division at 219-881-4738 or the Gary Police anonymous tip line at 866-274-6347. Individuals can also contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUN.

The victim’s family members are expected to make a public announcement at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday at the Griffith Police Department.

For more photos related to the case, click here.

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  • Louisa

    Here's some plain and simple advice. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER go to Gary, Indiana. There is nothing there that is EVER worth the risk of going there.

  • Rae Ann

    She didn't go to Gary. The victim was kidnapped, robbed, and killed. Her body was left at a Gary casino after the criminals got what they wanted.