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Former Tenant of Mary Austgen Charged in Her Death

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Ralph Perez Martinez
(Photo Courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Authorities have officially charged an Alsip, Illinois, man with multiple charges, including murder, in the death of a Griffith businesswoman last month whose body was found at a parking garage at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary with a fatal gunshot wound shortly after 2 am on March 29th. At a press conference this afternoon, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance says 57 year old Ralph Martinez is being held at the Lake County Jail at last check, and was the suspect in the highly publicized surveillance photos. Police say Martinez was a one-time tenant of Mary Austgen, who was evicted a year or two ago. Authorities say several tips from the public helped lead to the arrest, and Austgen's son, Jeff, thanked the public and media for their help. An investigation continues.
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