A female found killed in an abandoned Gary, Ind. building Tuesday night has been identified as a 17-year-old girl from Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Connita L. Richardson, of the 800 block of East Hyde Park Boulevard, was found dead in an abandoned building in the 700 block of East 7th Avenue in Gary Tuesday night, authorities said.
Police initially received an anonymous call about a suspicious person inside an abandoned building, according to a statement from Gary police.
When officers arrived, they found the body of an unidentified female lying facedown with “minor trauma to the body,” police said.
She was dead at the scene and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the Lake County coroner’s office.
An autopsy Wednesday found her cause of death to be asphyxiation by strangulation, according to the coroner’s office.