Family Ties Link Indiana and Illinois Deaths

FOWLER, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana coroner says a woman with ties to a pair of shooting deaths died from a drug overdose, not natural causes as first believed.
 
Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt tells the Journal & Courier that 49-year-old Teresa Jarding of Fowler died Sept. 25 of acute mixed drug toxicity.
 
Police are investigating the deaths of her ex-husband in Chicago and that of a woman whose remains were found Saturday at her home in the rural northwestern Indiana town.
 
Cook County authorities say Milan Lekich died of multiple gunshots. His dismembered body was found Oct. 5 in his home's garage.
 
Fowler police say the woman found at Jarding's home died from a gunshot wound to the head, but haven't confirmed an identity. Jarding's 68-year-old mother was reported missing Sept. 24.