Man found dead in southwest Fort Wayne home; death called ‘suspicious’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne Police are investigating the death of a man found in a southwest-side home Monday.

Police say medics and FWPD officers were called around 1 p.m. to the home in the 3600 block of Turf Lane on a “problem unknown.” The neighborhood is near Aboite Center and Homestead Roads.

Inside the home, a man was found down and medics pronounced him dead. Sgt. Jeremy Webb, FWPD’s spokesman, said it’s still early in the investigation but there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Police did not give details on what those suspicious circumstances are.

FWPD and the crime unit were investigating the scene for more than five hours. They asked neighbors for any Ring doorbell or surveillance video.

“When you come to a scene with limited information and all you have is a body- no witnesses, no camera- a lot of times it’s not apparent from just a deceased body how that body became deceased,” Sgt. Webb said. “There are different levels of decomposition that come into play. Sometimes you have to wait on a coroner’s report.”

Per police protocol, all death investigations are investigated as homicides until proven otherwise.

Police investigate a death on Turf Lane on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

“This is done to preserve evidence in case a crime is uncovered. Detectives, medics, and the coroner made the scene to assist in the investigation. The identity, cause and manner of death will be released by the coroner’s office,” Sgt. Webb said.

He added that the death could be medical or it could be something else, but police can’t speculate.

One neighbor told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that the encounters he had with the deceased were always friendly and he was a “nice guy”.

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