Family members of Teaira Batey are blasting the Gary police department.
They say investigators lost a number of opportunities to find the missing woman, before she became the victim of a suspected serial killer, and before he murdered other victims.
Batey is believed to be one of Darren Vann's seven victims discovered in Northwest Indiana earlier this month.
Batey's family viewed her body for the first time today at a funeral home in Gary.
She disappeared in January and the family filed a missing person's report.
But family members say investigators did little to track down the 28-year-old.
Her body was discovered earlier this month in an abandoned house in Gary.
Grieving family members say Teaira's case was reassigned to another investigator, but when they contacted him, he didn't know anything about the case. "I feel they put her on the back burner," said Teaira's mother, Gloria Jean Cullom.
The Gary police department has not commented on the family's accusations.
Teaira Batey leaves behind a 2-year old toddler.
A benefit fund has been set up for Teaira Batey's child, Trevon Clinton.
To donate, information listed below:
Trevon M Clinton Benefit
Benefit Donation Account No.: 199374987865
1400 Torrence Ave
Calumet City 60409
708 418 2575