Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 1, 2012

UPDATE: Names of two found dead released by police


ELKHART — Police are investigating an apparent homicide after an Elkhart woman’s body was found in the parking lot of the former American Countryside Farmers Market, at the intersection of C.R. 28 and Ind. 19. just south of the U.S. 20 bypass interchange.

Elkhart County police were called to the scene at 10:51 a.m. Saturday on a report that a woman’s body was found. Police identified the victim late Saturday as Debbie McDowell, 45, of Elkhart.

About an hour later, police went to Poor Tony’s restaurant on West Franklin Street in Elkhart and found a man’s body in a parking lot there. Elkhart County Undersheriff Sean Holmes reported late Saturday that man was identified as Ervin K. Howard, 63.

Holmes said police went to the restaurant after receiving information that a man there may have had information about McDowell’s death. Police found Howard dead in the parking lot from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Holmes.

“We are continuing to investigate the incident, including any possible links,” Holmes said.

The restaurant is in the city of Elkhart and the Elkhart Police Department is investigating Howard’s death, according to a sheriff’s spokesman who spoke earlier Saturday.

Police said they are working with the Elkhart County Coroner’s office to determine how McDowell died. An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday or Tuesday.

The former farmers market building is now owned by Waste-Away Group, a trash removal company.