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Elkart police seek link between suicide, slaying of woman

ELKHART – Police in northern Indiana are investigating whether a man’s apparent suicide in Elkhart and the shooting death of a woman three miles away are related.

The Elkhart Truth reports police there investigating the shooting of 45-year-old Debbie McDowell of Elkhart went to a vacant restaurant after receiving information that a man there might know something about her death. Police say when they got there they discovered the body of 63-year-old Ervin Howard.

The Elkhart Sheriff’s Department received a call about a body in the parking lot of the former American Countryside Farmers Market about 10:50 a.m. Saturday. They discovered Howard’s body about an hour later.

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