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Police work to identify bodies found in manure pile on Gary horse farm

Two bodies found Sunday in a manure pile at a Gary horse farm were identified as white or Hispanic men, police said.

“We’re not sure which, but we know for sure they’re not black,’’ said Gary Detective Cpl. Michael Barnes.

One man was wrapped in black plastic bags, the other victim’s hands were bound, police said.

Barnes said he would not say how the men were killed. He said he was working with other police departments that may have received missing persons reports matching the descriptions of the two men.

One is about 5 feet 6 inches tall weighing about 160 pounds, Barnes said. The other is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall weighing more than 200 pounds.

Barnes declined to provide clothing descriptions for the pair.

“I think we will be able to identify them,” Barnes said.

Because the men had been covered in manure, the time of their death is even more difficult to determine because the manure speeds decomposition, he explained.

The bodies were found at a horse farm, located in a wooded area at the dead end of Mississippi Street, just south of 22nd Avenue.

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