3 teens suspected in missing Portage woman’s death

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GARY, Ind. — Three teenage boys are now in police custody in connection with the murder of a missing Portage woman.

Adriana Saucedo, 27, was found dead Thursday night at an abandoned elementary school in Gary. Saucedo was last seen Tuesday night. Police say she met a 15-year old boy on Facebook and he was with two other teenagers when they picked her up from her home. She wanted to buy a small amount of marijuana, but the teenagers intended to rob her of money, according to Portage Police Chief Troy Williams.

Saucedo was shot inside the vehicle and police say the boys dumped her body at the abandoned Horace Norton Elementary School, located in the 1300 block of Harrison Boulevard in Gary.

“It was a scene that you really can’t imagine,” said Williams. “It was especially important to us that we were able to find her and take her out of there.”

Saucedo was an assistant at a medical office in Valparaiso. Her family is devastated.

“She was the best aunt I could ever have. She taught me everything,“ said Saucedo’s nephew, Isiah Mangrum. “She taught me to never give up on myself and to always believe in myself.”

The 15 year old boy was taken into custody at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary. Police said he is in the ninth grade and is currently detained at the Porter County Juvenile Center. A 16-year-old was taken into custody at his home and is being held  at the Lake County Juvenile Center. He was involved in a police pursuit Wednesday with Lake County Sheriff’s  before he was connected to Saucedo's death.  Police say he was driving the Pontiac in which Saucedo was shot.

A 17-year-old suspect who was initially at-large was arrested Friday at his girlfriend’s home in Gary.

“It was three children that did this to her. Whatever they get, it won’t bring her back,” Mangrum said. “Time you know will heal us, but there’s always going to be a piece of us that’s gone.”

Chief Troy Williams issued the following statement:

"I wanted take a moment and talk about the cooperation of local law enforcement and the coroner’s office as well as the Porter County Prosecutor (Gary Germann) last night and what it meant to see approximately thirty officers working together to bring the subjects involved in this heinous crime to justice. The determination displayed last night by everyone was exemplary."

No charges have been announced.

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