Former Knox woman found slain in home

VALPARAISO — Shawnna Forgus, 22, of Valparaiso, was discovered beaten in her home Tuesday morning by her 5-year-old son.
Police were called to the residence, located in the 400 block of Courtney St., just blocks from Valparaiso University, at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Forgus, formerly of Knox, was not breathing when police arrived at the scene.
Police are releasing little information. However, family and friends of the victim have said that Forgus left her home Monday night and was seen leaving a bar with a male friend.
According to reports, no one in the home imagined the sounds of doors opening and closing during the night were anything other than Forgus returning home after an evening out.
Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris was called to the scene at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Harris said Forgus sustained obvious blunt force trauma to the head.
Why Harris wasn’t summoned to the residence earlier is currently unknown.
After the details of the crime were released, Valparaiso University and the surrounding neighborhood were put on high alert.
Forgus was taking classes to become a medical assistant.
She lived in the home with her two children: A son, 5, and a daughter who turned 2 without her mommy, her parents and a sister.
An autopsy is scheduled for today in Indianapolis.