GARY, Ind. — Authorities have identified the teenage girl found dead in a northwest Indiana alley and say she’d been reported missing by officials of a Chicago shelter.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the girl has been identified as 14-year-old Takaylah Tribitt of Chicago.
“We are actively pursuing several leads on both sides of the Illinois / Indiana border in the search for suspects and information in the case,” Sheriff Oscar Martinez Jr. said.
Her body was found in a Gary alley by utility workers in September. The Lake County coroner’s office says she died of a gunshot wound, but wasn’t immediately able to identify her.
After a composite sketch of Tribitt was released, potential family members came forward and the coroner’s office gathered DNA samples.
It wasn’t clear why she was reported missing by a shelter official. Chicago police say she wasn’t believed to be a ward of the state when she was reported missing in September.
Authorities are investigating the circumstances of her disappearance.