Ind. woman, 76, found dead in casino's garage

GARY, Ind. - Northwestern Indiana police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 76-year-old woman whose body was found in a parking garage at Gary's Majestic Star Casino.

Lt. Matt Argadine of Griffith police tells the Times of Munster Mary Austgen of St. John was reported missing Thursday by relatives she works with at a Griffith business.

Her body was found about 4 a.m. Friday in the parking garage at Buffington Harbor. The Lake County coroner's office lists her cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the lower left torso.

Griffith and Lake County police on Friday combed Austgen's business, The Austgen Cos., collecting evidence inside and dusting the door for fingerprints.

Austgen's death has been ruled a homicide and police are treating the business as a crime scene.

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