FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) – The woman at the center of an ongoing investigation in Fowler died of a drug overdose.
Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt told WILFI-TV Teresa Jarding, 49, died from acute mixed drug toxicity and her death is being ruled a suicide. On Tuesday, Avolt had stated Jarding died of natural causes.
According to WLFI-TV, the Fowler Police Department got a call from a woman from Chicago in September who said Milan Lekich had been missing for two years. The woman had recently discovered Lekich had once had a relationship with Jarding. Court records show the two were issued a marriage certificate in Nevada in March 2013.
On Sept. 24, police got a call from Jarding’s children saying they hadn’t heard from her or their grandmother Nena Metoyer, who had come up from Florida to care for her daughter. When police checked on the house, they found Jarding in medical distress with a gun beside her. She was taken to a hospital where she died on Sept. 25.
Meanwhile, Chicago authorities confirmed Tuesday that the dismembered body found in a garage on Oct. 5 belonged to Lekich. He was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
Information released late Tuesday night revealed that the body found Saturday at Jarding’s home was a woman killed by a gunshot wound to the head. The remains were of a white female. However, investigators are waiting on DNA tests to positively identify her. They are calling it a homicide, but add they don’t think there is an ongoing threat to anyone in the community.
Officially, police are still investigating Metoyer’s disappearance.