Deputies searching for missing, possibly abducted woman

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. -- The LaGrange Sheriff's Department is searching for a woman who is missing and may have been abducted from Peru, Indiana.

Jennifer Lee Bitzel was last seen September 18th at approximately 10:30 p.m. at a home in the 3000 block of CR600 East in LaGrange County.

At that home, Bitzel was allegedly the victim of a battery and then was forcefully removed from the home by a man who made death threats against her.

She allegedly was forced into a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, four door, bearing Indiana registration 543AIB.

Bitzel's two young children were left at the home.

Steven Gail Gose is wanted for questioning.

Bitzel has been known to stay at low-cost hotels in northern Indiana.

If you have any information contact the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at 260-463-7491 or by calling 911.


Jennifer Lee Bitzel

White, 28 year old, female

5’09” / 130 lbs / blue eyes / brown hair

May have cuts and or bruising to her face

Vehicle info

2001 Grand Prix

4 Door

Tinted Windows


Indiana Registration 543AIB

Wanted for questioning

Steven Gail Gose

White, 43 year old, male

5’10” / 175 lbs / Blue eyes / Sandy brown hair

Subject is believed to be armed and dangerous

Please do not approach. If located call 911 and report.

Steven Gose also has outstanding warrants for parole violation


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