Woman found dead in ditch near West Coliseum motel ID’d

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman whose body was found in a ditch near a Coliseum Boulevard motel this week has been identified.

It was late Wednesday morning when a woman’s body was discovered in a ditch off of the 1000 block of Coliseum Boulevard, next to the Regency Inn.

Someone was placing flowers at a memorial nearby when they saw the body, WANE 15 learned.

On Friday, the Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 49-year old Peggy Chambers. The cause and manner of her death remains undetermined.

Guests at the Regency Inn told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that they saw the woman the night before. They suspected she was either intoxicated or on some type of drug.

“We seen the woman and she was on something and she was on something bad,” said Elizabeth Johnson, resident of the motel. “Soon enough this morning I heard the fire trucks and police. It’s just scary.”

Other neighbors were concerned that Fort Wayne Police saw the woman last night.

“The cops were out here with her yesterday and they didn’t do anything about her. She was drunk,” said Chris Back, resident of the hotel. “She had no place to go. Why wouldn’t they take her and put her somewhere and keep an eye on here where she wouldn’t get hurt?”

Fort Wayne police confirmed that officers were at that area around 9 o’clock Tuesday night. They were in the area for an investigation about a juvenile. Officers saw the woman, but she was still alive at the time and wasn’t the subject of the investigation.

“Right now, it’s unknown what caused the death,” said Jeremey Webb, Fort Wayne police spokesman. “It appears not to be any signs of a crime, but we don’t know what happened at this point. We are still trying to piece things together and looking at videos and talking to witnesses.”

The woman’s death remains under investigation.

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