Death of man found on Huffman Street in September ruled homicide by Allen County coroner

The beating death of a man found in September on Huffman Street has been ruled a homicide.

Michael Rodney Wilcher, 51, of New Haven, was found Sept. 21 lying in the 400 block of Huffman Street in Fort Wayne, according to the Allen County coroner’s office.

Police and medics had responded at 11 p.m. and found Wilcher lying on the street and suffering from blunt-force trauma. He was taken to a local hospital where his condition declined and he died Sept. 23, according to a coroner’s office news release.

He died from the blunt-force injuries to his head, and his death has been ruled the 30th homicide in Allen County in 2017.

The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County prosecutor’s office and the coroner’s office.