UPDATE: Woman taken from LaGrange County found alive - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Woman taken from LaGrange County found alive

Posted:
Jennifer Lee Bitzel (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.) Jennifer Lee Bitzel (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.)
Steven Gail Gose (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.) Steven Gail Gose (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.)

Jennifer Lee Bitzel has been found alive.  The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says Bitzel was taken from a home in the 3000 block County Road South 600 East in LaGrange County Wednesday evening.

Police believe she was the victim of battery, then forcefully removed from the home, threatened with death and forced into a car. Police say Bitzel's two young children were left behind and Btizel has not been seen since.

Police say Bitzel was found in the early morning hours on Friday in Rome City, Indiana.  The man who police believe abducted her has not been found yet. 

Gose is wanted on multiple warrants, including Criminal Confinement, Domestic Battery, and Strangulation.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steven Gail Gose is urged to contact the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department or 911. He should still be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by anyone other than law enforcement.

FOX28's Melanie Yuill spoke to witnesses at the home where the abduction happened.  They told her Jennifer Lee Bitzel and Steven Gail Gose showed up at their place unannounced Wednesday night.  Witnesses say the couple were fighting and that Gose hit and choked Bitzel.  According to the witnesses, as Gose forced Bitzel into a car he told them, "this will be the last time you see her."

The witnesses say they do know the couple, and they've been dating about five years.  Witnesses tell us the couple have fought in the past but quote, "nothing like this."

The witnesses say Bitzel's two young twin boys also witnessed all of this Wednesday night.  Police say the children are now with DCS.

Police say they're looking for a 2001 4-door Grand Prix with tinted windows and a sunroof and an Indiana plate number of 543AIB.

Gose is described as a white male with blue eyes and sandy brown hair standing about 5'10" and weighing 175 pounds. Police say Gose has several outstanding warrants for parole violations and should not be approached.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Elkhart County Sheriff warns of budget and staffing danger

    Elkhart County Sheriff warns of budget and staffing danger

    Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers says the budget issues the county has been dealing with are having a dramatic impact on law enforcement, and he wants it fixed.The Sheriff says no one on staff has seenMore >>
    Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers says the budget issues the county has been dealing with are having a dramatic impact on law enforcement, and he wants it fixed.The Sheriff says no one on staff has seenMore >>
  • FOX28 News Alert

    UPDATE: Additional suspect in toddler shooting arrested, 1 still at large

    UPDATE: Additional suspect in toddler shooting arrested, 1 still at large

    County Metro Homicide tells FOX28 that one of the suspects wanted in connection with the death of John Swoveland, Jr., has been arrested. Police say 19-year-old Robert Griffin was taken into custody.More >>
    County Metro Homicide tells FOX28 that one of the suspects wanted in connection with the death of John Swoveland, Jr., has been arrested. Police say 19-year-old Robert Griffin was taken into custody at Hickory Villiage apartments in Mishawaka this afternoon.More >>
  • Police: 12-year-old shot in cross fire in Benton Township

    Police: 12-year-old shot in cross fire in Benton Township

    The Benton Charter Township Police Department says a 12-year-old was shot in Benton Township.Police say it happened Friday afternoon in the 1,000 block of Harbor Court.They say two men were fighting and fired shots. A 12-year-old girl, who police say wasn't directly involved, was shot.She was taken to the hospital where police say she is stable.Police have arrested 24-year-old Jakeeme Griffin and 18-year-old Juan Hassel Junior for firearms violations.More >>
    The Benton Charter Township Police Department says a 12-year-old was shot in Benton Township.Police say it happened Friday afternoon in the 1,000 block of Harbor Court.They say two men were fighting and fired shots. A 12-year-old girl, who police say wasn't directly involved, was shot.She was taken to the hospital where police say she is stable.Police have arrested 24-year-old Jakeeme Griffin and 18-year-old Juan Hassel Junior for firearms violations.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.