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Preliminary autopsy results in double murder: Female died of gunshot wound

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The Porter County Coroner’s Office has released preliminary results on the two bodies discovered on Saturday, March 2, in a burned out car in Hebron.

The bodies have been confirmed as male and female but not yet definitively identified as those of Thomas Grill, 19, of Cedar Lake, and Molley Lanham, 19, of St. John, missing since Monday, Feb. 25.

Connor Ralland Kerner, 17, of Center Township, has been formally charged with the murder of Grill and Lanham, following an intensive investigation based on information provided by a confidential informant who told police that Kerner admitted bludgeoning Grill to death with a pipe wrench and shooting Lanham in the head, then burning their bodies in a vehicle.

DNA results, however, “are estimated to be completed and available by the end of next week,” the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

The Coroner’s Office has also confirmed cause and manner of death in the case of the female: homicide by gunshot.

Cause and manner of death are still pending in the case of the male, the PCSP said.

The results of a toxicology screen are pending as well, the PCSP added.

Kerner was waived into adult court and is being held at the Porter County Jail without bond.



Posted 3/8/2019




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