Murder Charges Expected For Male Arrested in Bloomington

The man is expected to be charged with the murder of 19-year-old Amanda Bach, found dead in a town near Gary, Indiana.

Dustin McCowan

Photo: Portage County Police Department

Dustin McCowan

An 18-year-old man is awaiting murder charges after being arrested in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend. Bloomington Police arrested Dustin McCowan on Indiana University’s campus.

The body of 19-year-old Amanda Bach was was discovered a few miles from her vehicle and about 300-yards from the man’s home in Wheeler, Ind. in the northeastern part of the state. The flashers were left on, the car had a flat tire, the driver’s side door was ajar, and Bach’s purse was left inside, according to the Porter County Sheriff’s office.

Porter County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Larry LaFlower says as of Monday morning no charges have been filed against McCowan, but he is expected to be charged with murder.

“He has not been formally charged yet.  However, that will be forthcoming today or tomorrow,” LaFlower said.

It is still unclear how McCowan was affiliated with Bloomington, but police say it is possible he was visiting IU students. 

IU police Chief Keith Cash says they took McCowan into custody near the end of the IU football game in the McNutt Hall parking lot.

“We went to a couple locations we thought he would be, found the vehicle and started watching the vehicle and that’s when we got him when he was coming to his car,” Cash said.

McCowan is in the Porter Country jail awaiting charges.

Police say some sort of trauma played a role in Bach’s death, but the official cause will not be released until after an autopsy is performed.

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