The Starke County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in Sunday’s fatal hit-and-run crash in North Judson. He’s identified as 26-year-old Juan Carlos Reyes Vasquez. Authorities believe he was driving the SUV that struck and killed 57-year-old Michael Keller Sr. on Dawn Drive early Sunday morning. Autopsy results indicate he died of multiple blunt traumatic injuries to his head and chest. The forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy has ruled his death a homicide. Anyone with information about Vasquez’s whereabouts is asked to call the Starke County Sheriff’s Office at 574-772-3771.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.