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An Elkhart County Sheriff's Deputy positions himself to take photographs of the scene at American Countryside Farmers Market where a dead body was found Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. The body was found on the east side of the vacant building mid morning. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Homicide, suicide in Elkhart County linked
Posted on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department confirmed today that Ervin K. Howard, who died of an apparent suicide Saturday morning, was responsible for the death of 45-year-old Debbie McDowell.

According to the Sheriff’s Department’s initial investigation, Howard, 63, called 911 and claimed to have shot McDowell. He gave specific details of the incident, which were confirmed by their investigation through evidence that was collected.

Sheriff’s officials received a call about a body in the old American Countryside parking lot off C.R. 26, just west of S.R. 19, around 10:50 a.m. Saturday morning.

Howard’s body was found in a parking lot at 2210 Franklin St. in Elkhart, about an eight-minute drive from where McDowell’s body was found.

According to the press release, Howard and McDowell “were known to each other,” though the extent of their relationship is unknown at this time.

The case is still under investigation at this time, and the Sheriff’s Department is working with the Elkhart Police Department and the Elkhart County Coroner’s office.