Dismembered body found in missing man’s car trunk

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a northwestern Indiana man charged with murder after a dismembered body was found in the trunk of a car owned by a man to whom he owed money.

Lake County prosecutors filed murder charges Monday against 63-year-old Thomas Smith of Hobart for the death of 48-year-old David Krawczenia of Portage.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune report investigators found the body in Krawczenia’s car trunk after it was towed from a Griffith apartment complex on Friday. Court documents say Krawczenia was last seen Nov. 1, the day he was meeting at Smith’s auto repair garage in Gary to settle a sizable debt.

Police say DNA testing is planned to confirm it is Krawczenia’s body. Federal marshals are assisting in the search for Smith.

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