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VALPARAISO | A 17-year-old resident of the Hanson House -- an emergency shelter for troubled teens based here -- was found dead inside her room Monday morning.

The girl, Chesterton resident Marisa Hudson, didn't appear to have any injuries that suggest she was the victim of foul play, authorities said. But Valparaiso police and Porter County coroner's office officials didn't immediately know what caused her death.

Coroner Roger Kleist said late Monday afternoon that an autopsy conducted earlier that day in South Bend did not reveal any anatomical cause of death. Toxicology results will not be available for six weeks.

"I don't know what to expect in this case," Kleist said. "We don't really have any indication of what it is at this time ... We're starting from nothing and seeing what we can find out."

Valparaiso Police Department spokesman Cpl. Michael Grennes said police responded to a call at the center shortly after 5 a.m. Monday and were conducting a "death investigation." He said it wasn't immediately apparent whether the death involved natural causes, a suicide or something else.

Kleist said it didn't appear Hudson was dead for too long when found.

The Niequist Center and the Hanson House at the Juvenile Services Center, located south of U.S. 30 on Ind. 2, are operated by the nonprofit Family and Youth Services Bureau. The centers house emotionally disturbed children, those who have had minor run-ins with the law or those who have nowhere to stay.

The death is first in the center's 32-year history, bureau Executive Director Dennis Morgan said.

Morgan said facility staff were providing counseling to the other teens, and clergy also visited on Monday.

"We're doing the best we can to deal with the kids first of all and the staff secondly," he said.



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