ALBION, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Two years after a body floats to the surface of a Noble County lake, baffling questions remain.
How did it get there? And is it a case of murder, or something else?
Police want answers, and friends and family of Erin Justin want answers.
The Fort Wayne woman's one-time occupation and the condition of her body make the case all the more gripping.
The 36-year old victim's body bobbed to the surface of Bartley Lake in July 2011.
Prosecutor Steve Clouse won't discuss results of tests run on the remains, but the death of the former stripper doesn't appear to be an accident.
Sources tell us the body had been weighted down by cinder blocks, in an apparent attempt to conceal the death.
A fisherman and his 12-year old grandson came up on the body at nighttime.
Friends of Justin threw bouquets of flowers into the water shortly after the death became known, in honor of the victim.
Authorities concede many questions surrounding the investigation are still a mystery, and two years later, there are real concerns about the evidence trail growing colder.
" We're not there, we do not have someone to assess criminal liability to at this point, and that's frustrating for us. I know it's frustrating for the family as well and her friends. We would like to have the story told, if nothing else for the peace of mind of those who survive Erin," said Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse.
If indeed the body was weighted down with cinder blocks, there’s a temptation to presume this is a homicide case.
But it's also possible that Justin died from some other cause, and whoever was with her feared they would get in trouble, dumping the body in an effort to ensure the truth never came to light.
With the discovery of the body, part of the story is told, but police need the blanks filled in.
If anyone has information about the case, they are urged to contact the Noble County Sheriff's Department at 260-636-2182.
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