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Sheriff’s department searching for missing woman

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department is seeking assistance in locating a woman who was forcibly taken from a residence in eastern LaGrange County Wednesday night.

Jennifer Lee Bitzel of Peru Indiana was last seen on September 18th, around 10:30 p.m. at a residence in the 3000 block of CR 600 East in LaGrange County.

According to the department, it is alleged that Bitzel was the victim of an extensive battery. She was then reportedly forcefully removed from the residence by a male subject that allegedly made death threats to Bitzel before forcing her into a silver, 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, four door, bearing Indiana registration 543AIB.

Bitzel’s two young children were left behind at the residence and she has not been seen or heard from since.

 Bitzel has been known to recently stay at local low cost motels in northern Indiana

Steven Gose is wanted for questioning. He is described as White, 43 year old, 5’10”, 175 lbs., with blue eyes and sandy brown hair. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at 260-463-7491 or by calling 911

 Please do not approach vehicle or individuals involved if located.