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Woman Found Dead in Casino Parking Garage

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Police in Gary and Griffith are investigating the shooting death of a 76-year-old St. John woman found inside a vehicle, police say, in a parking garage at Majestic Star Casino in Gary. The Lake County Coroners office says Mary Austgen was pronounced dead at the scene in parking garage 2D, 1 Buffington Harbor, shortly after 4-o'clock this morning, from a single gunshot wound to her torso, and her death has been ruled a homicide. Gary Police Public Information Officer Corporal Gabrielle King says at about 4:30 Thursday afternoon, family members of the victim reported her missing to the Griffith Police Department.  No information was available from Griffith Police at this hour. Mary Austgen is listed as owner of a business in Griffith, but we've not been able to get that confirmed.
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