By Brad Edwards

(CBS) – A Chicago mother in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood wonders how her daughter ended up murdered in an abandoned building in Northwest Indiana and is asking a potential suspect to turn himself in.

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

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The body of Connita Richardson, 17, was found in an abandoned school building in Gary, Ind. earlier this week. Her body was at the former Emerson School for at least a day.

Her mother, Connie, described her daughter as young and full of life.

“My daughter, she was a beautiful girl,” she told reporters Thursday evening.

Family members say Connita was visiting her grandfather Sunday when she was picked up by a cousin, never to be heard from again. They’ve also yet to hear from that cousin.

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“Please, please, turn yourself in, man,” Connie Richardson said.

With that, family members launched balloons skyward in honor of Connita.

Gary police say the missing relative is a person of interest and would like to speak with that person.


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