Ex-Boyfriend Held in Portage Woman's Death

Sunday, Sep 18, 2011  |  Updated 3:59 PM CDT
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Ex-Boyfriend Held in Portage Woman's Death

Dustin McGowan and Amanda Bach in happier times.

Police have arrested the ex-boyfriend of a 19-year-old Portage woman on suspicion of her murder.

Amanda Bach was last seen leaving her home to visit a friend around 10 p.m. Thursday.  Her car was found the next morning in Wheeler, Ind. 

After she failed to return home, a search was launched.  Her body was found around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, near some railroad tracks.  According to police, the body was just 300 yards from the home of 18-year-old Dustin McGowan.

Friends described McGowan as Bach's ex-boyfriend.

The Porter County Sheriff's Department said McGowan was arrested in Bloomington, Indiana, and brought back to Porter County.  He's now being held in the Porter County Jail in connection with the death.

The Sheriff's Department said Bach had suffered some kind of trauma, but they are withholding an official cause of death until an autopsy can be performed on Monday.

The Sheriff's Department scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference Sunday to release details.

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