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Man Arrested In Bloomington Charged With Murder

Last updated on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

(PORTAGE) - A 19-year-old Portage woman was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck that severed her spine, according to Porter County Coroner.

Amanda Bach's former boyfriend, 18-year-old Dustin McCowan, is charged with her death. He was arrested Sunday in Bloomington.

McCowan faces one count of murder, and was being held with no bond at the Porter County Jail until his initial hearing today.

McGowan is the son of a Crown Point police officer. The family home was searched on Sunday, but police won't say whether anything was found.

Bach was last seen leaving her home to visit McCowan around 10 p.m. Thursday. Her car was found the next morning in Wheeler. After she failed to return home, a search was launched.

McCowan's Facebook page on Friday morning showed a post that asks friends to contact him if they heard from or seen Bach.

Bach's body was found around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, near some railroad tracks. According to police, her body was 300 yards from McGowan's home.

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