Hammond Police Know The Identity Of Woman’s Killer

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The death of a woman whose remains were found after the demolition of a building in Hammond in 2011 has officially been ruled a homicide.  The Lake County Coroner’s Office says Francine Carlson died from extensive skull fractures due to unspecified blunt force trauma as a result of a homicide.  Carlson’s remains were discovered in October 2011 in the 17 hundred block of Indianapolis Blvd. after a dog who lived nearby dug up a finger bone with a ring attached in the rubble of a recently demolished building.  Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller says they are very confident in knowing who killed Carlson — a male friend of hers who was in his 50s at the time.  Carlson was 38 at the time of her disappearance in 1999.  Miller says they spoke with over 30 people who knew Carlson and the suspect, who was only an acquaintance and not believed to be a love interest.  The suspect, whose name is not being released, died 5 years ago.  Miller say the case remains open, but they are very confident they identified the suspect.


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