by Ken Davidson
The office of Merrilee Frey is confirming that a body was found in the cooler at Piatak Meats, 6200 Broadway in Merrillville. 27 year old Andrew Fugate, the son of co-owner Steve Fugate, reportedly arrived at the store at 4:00 a.m. to begin his workday. Sources confirm that his body was found at 7:00 a.m. when another employee showed up for work. The Coroner confirms that the case is being treated as a homicide. Sources close to the investigation have stated that Fugate was shot but the Gazette has been unable to confirm that with authorities. Merrillville Police are being assisted by Sheriff John Buncich in the investigation.
Police are asking anyone who drove by the store between 4:00 am and 7:00 am to contact them at 219-769-3722.