Crime Watch: Christine Arnold homicide

Investigators want you to take a close look at a surveillance photo just released to the public Thursday on 16 Morning News.

Officers are looking for this “person of interest” in the homicide of 23-year-old Christine Arnold of LaPorte County, Ind. She was found dead in the back seat of her car on July 18, 2011.

The car, which was running, apparently drove through a fence and came to a stop inside the Ivanhoe Nature Preserve in Gary, Ind. She had been beaten and the death was ruled a homicide.

Lt. Cindy Kilgore from Crime Stoppers says they hope releasing the surveillance photo is a turning point in the case. The man seen in the photo is about 5'6" or 5'7".

Christine's father, Ed Arnold, joined us on 16 Morning News to talk about the loss of his daughter.

Arnold says his daughter enjoyed the library and had gone to the Michigan City library that day. They found her dead at about 7 p.m. that evening.

"She was a very whimsical girl and she was very trusting, extremely trusting," Arnold said. "She let someone in her car and it ended in her brutal death."

Arnold says his daughter loved art and had written hundreds of poems. He shared with us one of those poems:

The Afterlife

By Christine Arnold

"The afterlife is an all age show
Made up of light beams and spiritual glow
The thought of it sometimes makes us who we are because we know
It’s somewhere we are destined to go

It’s a place where time does not exist
So it takes away all of our silly fits
Peace and love will surround us there
We will finally be without a care."

There will be a benefit coming up on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Best Western in LaPorte. They will be showcasing Christine's artwork from 6-7 p.m. and from 7-11 p.m. there will be live music. They're asking for a $20 donation to get in. The money will be used to increase the reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

If you have any information on this case you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers and you may be eligible for a reward. You can reach them at (574) 288-STOP or 800-342-STOP.


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