Special Ed. Teacher Killed in Her Home

Police searching for a 2003 silver Cadillac DeVille taken from Merrillville home of Anna Schulz

Police are on the lookout for a 2003 silver Cadillac DeVille belonging to an 80-year old special education teacher from Gary, Ind., who was found dead Wednesday night at her Merrillville home.

The victim of an apparent homicide, Anna Schulz was found lying on the ground with her nightgown on and rollers still in her hair. 

"I was shocked. I was really shocked," said Harriet Pillou, the victim's neighbor. "She's a wonderful lady, and she's usually real careful about her door."

Her vehicle, with Indiana license plates 348BMR, was missing from her northwest Indiana home when Schulz's son, Paul, living with his mother, came home on Wednesday, according to a report by the Northwest Indiana Times.

"Her son was standing there in the driveway with the police," said Pillou "We asked them was anything wrong. He said, 'Yes, everything is wrong, real wrong.'"

Schulz suffered trauma to her neck, according to a Lake County coroner's report.

She'd been a teacher for more than 30 years, 29 of them in Gary, and she most recently taught special education to students with mild disabilities at Lew Wallace High School.

Edmund Fraire, director of special education for the Gary Community School Corp., said he and Schulz joked about her retirement at the end of last school year, but Schulz simply wasn't ready to retire.

Schulz had a career in real estate before she took up teaching special education. Bashir Masoodi, a teaching consultant for blind students in Gary and a friend to Schulz, said that she did many things to assist her students both academically, personally, and financially.

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