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Battery, confinement, strangulation warrant filed in abduction

Gose

A man wanted in connection with the abduction and beating of a woman taken from a LaGrange County residence is now wanted on several charges.

LaGrange Superior Court has issued a warrant for Steven Gail Gose on criminal confinement, domestic battery and strangulation charges, according to a statement issued Friday by the county sheriff’s department. This warrant has no bond.

Gose, 43, is described by police as 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, with blue eyes and sandy brown hair. The sheriff’s department said he already had outstanding warrants for parole violation.

The county sheriff's department has found the woman who was beaten badly and forced into a car Wednesday night in LaGrange County, leaving her children behind.

The sheriff’s department put out a notice Thursday about Jennifer Lee Bitzel, 28, of Peru. She was found in Rome City early Friday. Police did not describe her injuries, simply saying she is safe.

Police described the car involved in the abduction as a four-door, silver 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix with tinted windows and a sunroof, with Indiana license plate 543AIB.

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

"He should still be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by anyone other than law enforcement," the sheriff’s department said.

The department said several people have helped transport, hide and otherwise assist Gose, and said they could be prosecuted.

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