Police seek help in locating suspect in woman’s murder

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Indiana authorities have released surveillance  images of the suspect in the kidnapping and murder of an elderly woman whose body was found at a casino.

Police say they believe the man was the last person to see the victim alive.

76-year-old Mary Austgen was abducted from her family business in Griffith Indiana last Thursday evening.  After her family reported her missing, she was found shot to death early Friday morning in the parking garage of the Majestic Star Casino in Gary.


Mary Austgen (left) and surveillance photo of possible suspect (right).

Gary and Griffith police are working together on the case.

The surveillance photos show him walking into Austen’s family business wearing a black jacket and a Harley Davidson hat with an orange flame.  He was wearing dark sunglasses.  Police believe he is in his late 40s or early 50s. (

Police say Mary Austen was found in her white GMC  truck and  had been shot in the abdomen.  Police say they believe she was targeted, and that e

mployees are guests of the casino should not be concerned about their safety.

Anyone with information can call the Griffith Police at 219-924-3141 or the Griffith Police anonymous tip line at 219-922-3085 Individuals c

an also contact Gary Police Detective Lorenzo Davis at 219-881-4738 or the Gary Police anonymous tip line at 866-274-6347.

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  • Tina

    Sure did and also stated where Mrs. Mary Austgen, 76. lived as well, in St. John. IN. Prays go out to the family, I hope they get the coward soon.

    • kirby1414

      She looks like a lovely person – and all the comments about her have been so positive -she was kind, generous, a pillar of the community. I am sorry for your loss – – I hope that they catch the monster that did this to your friend~ Very sad story, ASN. I'll be keeping up with the developments.
      My sympathies to you and others that loved her~