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FWPD investigating 'suspicious' death of man on High Street

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Body found

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 8:49 am

The death of a man whose body was reported and found Thursday in the back yard of a residence on High Street is being investigated as suspicious, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to 1707 High St. at around 12:30 p.m. to investigate a report of a man in the yard who was unresponsive, according to Officer Raquel Foster of the FWPD.

The man's identity has not been released, but Foster said the death "is suspicious in nature right now" and that neighbors had come forward and told investigators of a disturbance that took place Wednesday evening, with the deceased possibly being involved.

Foster said that investigators were told that the disturbance, which was not reported to authorities, had "become physical."

Foster also said there was some sign of obvious trauma on the deceased but declined to say where the injury was located, saying, "We don't know if that's the cause of death."

Officers with the FWPD began expanding the crime scene as they talked to more people, securing it with yellow tape. Originally, only the back yard of the residence was taped off. That soon expanded to the alley behind the residence, then to Rumsey Avenue to the east, then to the front of the High Street residence.

A portion of High was closed later, as well.

Foster said the deceased lived at the High Street residence.

The Allen County Coroner's Office will conduct an autopsy Friday to determine a cause of death and potentially release an identification.