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Missing woman found in Rome City

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department has found a woman who was believed to have been beaten badly and forced into a car Wednesday night in LaGrange County, leaving her children behind.

Jennifer Lee Bitzel, 28, of Peru was found in Rome City early Friday. Police did not describe her injuries, if any, simply saying she is safe.

A northeast Indiana man is wanted for questioning, the sheriff’s department said.

Steven Gail 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 is believed to be armed and dangerous, saying he has outstanding warrants for parole violation.

Police described the assailant’s car 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 463-7491 or call 911.

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