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Suspect in dune slayings fatally shoots self after confessing

October 25, 1997

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) _ Moments after confessing to the shooting deaths of a young couple at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a former Marine shot himself in the head.

Dajuan Sease, 20, of Gary died Saturday morning at a Gary hospital, hours after he called a Portage detective Friday night and confessed to the killings, police said.

``I don’t think we’ll ever know what the motive was,″ Police Chief Dave Reynolds said. ``Maybe somebody one day can figure out his mental state, but it’s just as likely we will never know.″

Sease had reported finding the bodies of Cynthia Gomez, 19, and Estevan Jimenez, 24, while jogging at the park Oct. 16.

But he was later tied to the slayings when witnesses identified him as a man seen approaching the couple Oct. 12 _ the day they were reported missing.

Sease failed a lie-detector test when questioned in the slayings Friday, but police released him because they did not have enough evidence to charge him, FBI Agent Louis Caprino said.

About 11:40 p.m. Friday night, two hours after his release, Sease called the detective and confessed. He threatened to kill himself, and the detective then heard a single gunshot.

Sease did not say why he killed Gomez and Jimenez, authorities said. Each had been shot once in the head, and Ms. Gomez was found nude.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, about 30 miles east of Chicago.

Federal authorities were involved because the bodies were found on federal property.

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