Missing Ind. woman’s body found inside snow-covered vehicle in Target parking lot

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The photo shared on social media before the missing woman’s body was found inside.

VALPARAISO, Ind. — A missing woman’s body was found inside a vehicle buried in snow outside a Target store in Indiana, three weeks after she was reported missing.

According to the Post-Tribune, police responded to the store Sunday after someone reported the abandoned car.

Police checked the car’s license plate and discovered the vehicle’s owner had been reported “missing” and was “suicidal.”

The body of 56-year-old Renee Koontz was found inside the car.

She was first reported missing on Jan. 17, according to the Post-Tribune.


Credit: Valparaiso Police Department

Foul play is not suspected.

Photos of the car had been shared on Facebook and Twitter, prompting someone to notify authorities.

“The car was completely covered in snow as a result of recent snowfalls and snow removal efforts,” according to a Valparaiso Police Department press release.

The woman’s body was found in the back seat.

Valparaiso Police Spokesman Sgt. Michael Grennes said police are investigating how long the car had been there but didn’t know for sure.

Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said he is treating the death as a “probable suicide” because there was evidence of drug use found inside the vehicle.

Read more: Post-Tribune


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