FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Police have arrested two people who face preliminary charges of murder and arson after police found a 19-year-old man dead in the Maumee River in late September.
Police arrested 18-year-old Nasir Owens and 20-year-old Dimitrius Walker Wednesday in connection to the death of Austin Seiman, who authorities found near the 800 block of Tecumseh Street after someone spotted his body in the water while kayaking.
“The detectives solved this case through sheer determination,” Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Matt Wilson told WANE 15. “There is no other way to describe the amount of work that went into this case, the very long hours and sometimes the detectives going without.
“The entire unit worked the case and it was truly the definition of a team effort. Homicide cases are generally difficult in nature, but this investigation offered certain challenges and had more complex dynamics than most. With that said, the detectives were persistent and tracked down every possible lead. They left no stone unturned.”
The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled Seiman’s death a homicide and determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police are still investigating the homicide and anyone with information should contact the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1201.