Criminal Justice

Police Question Austgen Murder Suspect

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Griffith police detectives yesterday questioned a man in the killing of business owner Mary Austgen on March 26th.

The man is from Alsip, Illinois and was taken in for questioning after a search of his home.   Police haven’t said how they came to identify the man as a suspect.

Officers earlier said Austgen was taken from her business at 801 East Main Street in Griffith and her body was found the next day inside her SUV in the parking garage at Majestic Star Casino in Gary.  She had been shot in the abdomen, and two rings Austgen was wearing were missing and presumed taken by her killer.

Security cameras captured images of a man at her business … and later inside the casino parking garage.


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