Officials: Teen found dead inside Gary school was strangled

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old Chicago girl whose body was found inside a vacant Gary school was strangled.

The Lake County coroner’s office identified the girl Wednesday as Connita Richardson. Gary police say she was found dead Tuesday evening in the former Emerson school building with what they called minor trauma to her body.

The coroner’s office in northwest Indiana says Richardson died from “asphyxiation secondary to strangulation.” Her death was ruled a homicide.

No one was in custody in connection to Richardson’s death as of Wednesday. Gary police Sgt. Thomas Decanter says the Lake County Metro Homicide Unit is following up on leads tied to the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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