Amanda Bach, a 19-year old woman from Portage, Ind., was found dead of a gunshot wound to the neck late last week after being reported missing in the early hours of Friday morning. A man who some believe is her former boyfriend, 18-year old Dustin McCowan, was taken into custody on Saturday and formally charged with Bach's murder on Monday.
McCowan faces one count of murder, and was being held with no bond at the Porter County Jail until his initial hearing on Tuesday.
Bach's parents reported her missing early Friday when she did not come home for her 1 a.m. curfew. She was last seen leaving her home at around 10 p.m. Thursday at visit a friend. It is unclear if she was intending to visit McCowan or another friend. At least one media outlet, WGN in Chicago, reported that Bach left her home on Thursday night to meet the suspect. In any event, the two did meet at some point.
The investigation determined that after leaving her home, Amanda Bach was in the company of an acquaintance, Dustin McCowan, Porter County sheriff's department Sgt. Larry LaFlower said in a statement.
There are also conflicting reports on whether Bach's body or her car was found first. Some outlets are reporting that the car was found Friday -- abandoned at a gas station with the door open and Bach's possessions inside -- and Bach's body was found on Saturday afternoon near railroad tracks 300 yards from McCowan's home in Union Township, Ind. Local station 6 News in Indianapolis, In. is reporting the opposite.
McCowan was taken into custody Saturday at an Indiana University football game, during a previously scheduled trip to visit friends there. The Indiana Daily Student reports that IU police used a police to scanner to track McCowan's location. He was considered a person of interest at the time, as authorities believed he was the last person to see Bach alive.
6 News reports that McCowan told authorities where he was on Saturday when they reached him on his cell phone.
There have been no reports of a possible motive for the crime.
McCowan's father Elliott is a police officer with the Crown Point, Ind., police department.
Prosecuters told a CBS affiliate in Chicago that witnesses reported hearing voice outside the suspect's home. Neighbors said they heard a female voice saying, I can't believe this is happening. Then, a male voice saying repeatedly, Amanda, get up! in the early hours of Friday morning.
McCowan's father refused to allow a police search of his property, where Dustin lives. Elliot McCowan maintains a Facebook page which indicates he is a very religious man. He has been active on Facebook since his son was arrested. On Saturday, presumably before his son was taken into custody, the elder McCowan posted a link to a craiglist ad selling a yoga mat that he claimed was funny. The ad has since been removed on Craigslist.
Dustin McCowan's Facebook page is still active, and a Facebook-based support group has been launched in his name. Justice for Dustin has 219 likes as of midday Tuesday.
Facebook pages have also been created in support of Bach's memory. Lights on For Amanda Bach is a public event created organize an event in Bach's honor, and directed people to leave their porch lights on for Amanda on Monday night.
A young man who is listed as Dustin McCowan's brother is one of thousands of people who attended the event, and he wrote on the event's wall.
I have my porch light on for you Amanda, he wrote.