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Contact: Ken Mehne, 219-395-1658
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Park Rangers from The National Park Service along with officers from the Beverly Shores Police Department, Porter County Sheriff's Office, and Town of Porter Police responded to the report of a person with a gun in a vehicle along old road within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. A hiker was walking along the old road when they saw a pickup truck with the engine running parked along the road. As they approached the vehicle they noticed an individual slumped over with a gun in their hand located in the driver's seat. The hiker then reported the incident to the Beverly Shores Police Department.
The individual removed from the vehicle has been identified as Penny M. Tracy, 42, of Portage, Indiana. When found, officers observed what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Porter County Coroner's office and transported to Porter Regional Hospital.
Notification to the family was made by National Park Service Rangers. Coroner's office determined an autopsy would not be performed.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 398 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.