Kirkley family gets closure

RENSSELAER - The circus of media that surrounded the Malinski family driveway in Milroy Township on Friday, Sept. 30 as the body of a Valparaiso woman was excavated was not apparent at a press conference held by Jasper County Coroner Dr. Gordon Klockow Monday night.

Klockow, along with Jasper County Chief Deputy Coroner Andy Boersma and deputy coroner Mike Leskiw, announced at the Jasper County Hospital that the body unearthed in Milroy Township was positively identified as Lorraine Kirkley, 34, of Valparaiso, who was kidnapped, killed and tortured by David Malinski on July 21, 1999.

Malinski recently told an Indiana State Prison chaplain where the body was buried after six years of silence. Police and prosecutors from Porter County led the search on property that was owned by Malinski's father at the time of the murder.

"At 5 p.m., we positively identified the remains of Lorraine Kirkley using her dental records," Klockow said to a room of five reporters, one television man and a camera man. "Lorainne had been strangled, which is what has been ruled the cause of death. She also suffered numerous contusions and defensive wounds."

SEE MORE OF THIS STORY IN THE TUESDAY, OCT. 4 EDITION OF THE REPUBLICAN.

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