Man stabbed to death in Gary identified as missing Summit man

A man found stabbed to death early this month in Gary has been identified as Summit man who disappeared after attending a Halloween party in Chicago, according to authorities and the man's family.

Police had been searching for Emmanuel Dominguez, 30, since soon after he disappeared late on Nov. 1 or early on Nov. 2 after attending a Halloween party at a warehouse near Damen Avenue and Walnut Street in West Town, according to missing persons fliers circulated by his family.

Dominguez's body was found in the 2700 block of Maryland Street in Gary the morning of Nov. 4, A Gary police officer patrolling the area about 11:20 a.m. saw a burned-out vehicle, and when he stopped to examine it, found legs sticking out of the trunk, according to Gary Police.

But Dominguez was not identified until Thursday, the day after the Lake County, Ind., coroner's office issued a plea asking for the public's help identifying the body. On Thursday, the coroner's office issued a release identifying him and stating that it had been determined that he died from multiple stab wounds in a homicide.

The coroner's office said Dominguez was from Chicago, but family have said he is from Summit and he is identified as being from Summit in missing persons fliers the family circulated.

Dominguez's car was found Nov. 8 not far from where the party had been held, according to one flier circulated recently.

"The family is broken but strong, they are in sorrow but comforted by the hand of the Almighty, needing answers but still trusting in God's unfailing love," said Dominguez's brother-in-law, Mauricio Vergara, in a Facebook message he shared on a page the family had dedicated to helping find Dominguez.

A wake and memorial service were scheduled for Sunday at Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th St. in Chicago Ridge. A viewing was scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 7 p.m. Dominguez's burial was scheduled for Monday starting at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

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