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Missing 19-Year-Old From Portage, Ind., Found Dead

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Amanda Bach, 19, went missing on Sept. 15, 2011. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff's Department)

Amanda Bach, 19, went missing on Sept. 15, 2011. (Credit: Porter County Sheriff’s Department)

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WHEELER, Ind. (CBS) — The body of 19-year-old Portage, Ind. woman who had been missing since early Friday has been found in Porter County, authorities said Saturday.

Amanda Bach’s body was found 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Union Township, not far from where authorities had been searching for her this weekend, the Porter County Sheriff’s Department said.

Bach was last seen at the residence of a male friend early Friday, the department told CBS 2.

Earlier, police said Bach was last seen leaving her home at 10 p.m. Thursday in a gold 1996 Pontiac G6. Sheriff’s police found the car broken down in Wheeler at 3 a.m. Friday, in the parking lot of Dean’s General Store on Indiana 130 and County Road 625W.

“We have reason to believe that foul play was involved with her death and investigators will be working into the night on the investigation,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

Authorities extended their condolences to Bach’s family, which earlier in the day held out hope the young woman would be found alive.  

A news conference was being planned for Sunday.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire

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