Portage Murder: Teen pleads not guilty in Bach murder

Amanda Bach, 19, was last seen leaving her home at 10 p.m. on September 15. Her car, a 1996 gold Pontiac G6, was found broken down at 3 a.m. on September 16 in Wheeler.

September 20, 2011 2:32:30 PM PDT
The 18-year-old man accused of killing Amanda Bach, 19, of Portage, Ind., appeared in court Tuesday.

Dustin McCowan pleaded not guilty to murder charges. An autopsy revealed Bach died from a gunshot wound to the neck. Her body was found Saturday along railroad tracks near McCowan's home.

One of McCowan's neighbor's told police she heard voices outside her home the night Bach was last seen saying, "Amanda get up."

"You can see it in his eyes, there's, he's scared and there's guilt. And it's horrible, horrible, it's a horrible thing. We all don't know how to stomach it right now," said Tara Adams, one of McCowan's friends.

Service for Bach will be held later this week.