By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 4:17pm CST, December 3rd, 2012
The Lake County, Indiana, Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the remains found in nearby Lowell are those of missing Gena Chiodo.
Lake County Coroner Merrilee D. Frey’s office released the following statement to Victims News Online just a few moments ago:
On Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 1:30 pm, a Lake County Coroner’s investigative team was dispatched East of US 41 and South of Route 2 in Lowell, Indiana in reference to a Jane Doe that was discovered. There was no identification located on or near the body which was in an advanced state of decomposition with signs of trauma to the body.
On Monday, December 3, 2012, an autopsy was performed at the Lake County Coroner’s ForensicScienceCenter with findings of many external and internal traumatic injuries due to assault, including multiple stab wounds and blunt force injuries. Due to the outcome of the autopsy, I am ruling this death investigation a homicide. Coroner Merrilee D. Frey was able to secure dental records which resulted in a consultation with our Forensic Odontologist. Positive identification has been made and the decedent has been identified as Gena Chiodo, forty-two year old, Caucasian female.
I would like to thank the Lake County Sheriff Crime Lab, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the Calumet City Police Department and the team of investigators and forensic physicians with the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Additionally, I will be working closely with Dr. Nawrocki Forensic Anthropologist in Indianapolis, to further identify cause of mechanism of the injuries.
— Lake County Coroner Merrilee D. Frey