Noble Sheriff Looks To Public For Help In Solving Mysterious Death

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 14, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM EDT

ALBION, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The Noble County sheriff is making another plea for help from the public in trying to solve the mystery behind a body found in a secluded lake earlier this summer.

There are no arrests in the case.

Police know there was foul play involved, but they still aren't sure if the crime is simply illegal disposing of a body, or if a nasty homicide took place.

A fisherman found 36-year old Erin Justin’s badly decomposed body in Bartley Lake near Albion in late July.

The stripper who worked clubs in Fort Wayne had been missing for about a month.

Police won't confirm it, but sources tell us her hands were bound, and cinder blocks were tied to her feet.

Some of Justin's friends honored the victim a few days after the grisly discovery by tossing flowers into the lake.

Police are frustrated that they aren't getting the full story.

Sheriff Doug Harp/(R) Noble County: " What we're hoping for is that somebody has some connection maybe to Bartley Lake, that will come forward with some additional information, as to how the victim in this case ended up there, her whereabouts for a period of time."

Police are waiting on a coroner’s report.

But they are not real sure that reports will clear up the key questions of what happened to Justin, and who threw her body in the lake.

That's where accounts from witnesses are so critical.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Noble County Sheriff’s office at 260-636-2182.

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