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$10,000 Reward Offered In Death Of Lake Co. Woman

Last updated on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

(GRIFFITH) - Authorities say a reward for information in the kidnapping and slaying of a northwestern Indiana woman has reached $10,000.

Police in the town of Griffith say the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the shooting death of 76-year-old Mary Austgen of St. John. The Times of Munster reports private individuals have donated the remaining $5,000.

Her body was found March 29 in a parking garage at Gary's Majestic Star Casino.

Police say evidence shows Austgen was kidnapped at gunpoint from her family business in Griffith, about five miles south of Gary.

Anyone with information is asked to call Griffith police at (219) 924-3141 or an anonymous tip line at (219) 922-3085.

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