Bodies of Missing Indiana Couple Recovered

Couple disappeared after celebrating wedding anniversary

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. -- The bodies of an Indiana couple who had been missing for nine days were discovered Monday inside their overturned vehicle in a Gary ditch.

Arthur and Latavia Joshua were last seen celebrating their 14th anniversary at Beer Belly's in the early morning hours of Jan. 10.

On Monday, police were notified of an SUV matching the description of the couple's vehicle overturned in a ditch near Chase Street and W. Riverside Drive, in Gary. [Google Map]

From NBC Chicago's helicopter, Sky 5, reporter Mike Lorber said the license plate on the SUV matches that of the Joshuas' vehicle. Their bodies were found inside and identified by the Lake County coroner.

Surveillance video from Beer Belly's before the couple disappeared showed them laughing and dancing.  Family and friends had hoped the video would help locate the Joshuas.

"They had an awesome time. They were dancing," said Gina Demase, who owns Beer Belly's. "They look like such a fun-loving couple. They looked like they were really in love with each other."

Other surveillance cameras at the bar showed the Joshuas leaving the bar at 1:05 a.m., then getting into their car and pulling on to the road in front two minutes later.

Police said the couple then stopped at an ATM about a half mile away and made two back-to-back withdrawls.

"The first time it was $40. Then the next time it was $20, right after each other." Latavia Joshua's brother, Craig Lott, explained. "That don't seem, it just don't seem right. If they headed home, what do they need $60 for?"

Their cell phone was tracked to a location near the bar and the bank, but that's where the trail for the couple went cold.

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, Latavia Joshua was a nurse assistant at The Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., and her husband was a longtime supervisor at Pollution Control Industries in East Chicago, the newspaper reported.

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