Woman missing after daughter’s death in NW Indiana

Photo shows Nena Metoyer, a missing woman police are looking to find. Her last known whereabouts were in Fowler where she was staying with her daughter, who was found in medical distress in the home and later died. (Photo Provided/Fowler Police Dept.)

FOWLER, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana are searching for a 69-year-old Florida woman who disappeared from the northwestern Indiana home of her recently deceased daughter, though police say there are no indications of foul play.

Nena Metoyer of Dunedin, Florida, had been staying with Teresa Jarding of Fowler, who had been sick, Police Chief Dennis Rice told the Lafayette Journal & Courier for a story published Friday.

Jarding’s children asked police to check on their mother and grandmother Wednesday evening, but police didn’t see anything out of place and no one answered the door, Rice said. Later that night, the children met officers at the house and the ailing mother was seen sitting in the dark in a recliner, so police forced open the door.

Police found a handgun beside Jarding, 49, in the recliner, but it had not been fired, Rice said.

“We’re not finding any indication of foul play,” Rice said, adding that the house was locked when officers arrived. “We just don’t know where she went.”

WLFI-TV and the Journal & Courier report Jarding was rushed to a Lafayette hospital, where she died Thursday.

The Tippecanoe County coroner’s office did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Metoyer’s vehicle was parked outside the home about 70 miles south of Gary, police said. Family members told police they have not spoken to Metoyer for about two weeks.

Metoyer is diabetic and has a heart condition, so there is some concern for her safety, Rice said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fowler police.


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