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Death Investigation 1700 High St Jul 18 2013

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For Immediate Release: July 18, 2013
Contact: 260-427-1343

Death Investigation


Date/Time of Incident: July 18, 2013 / 12:32 p.m.
Location of Incident: 1700 block of High Street
Victim:  Kirk D. LeCount, age 42, Fort Wayne; pronounced dead at the scene.

Fort Wayne, Ind - On Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:32 p.m., officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched to a home in the 1700 block of High Street in reference to a body discovered in the back yard of that home. First responders arrived and medical personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The exact cause and manner of death of the victim will be determined by the Allen County Coroner's Office.  The identity of the victim will be confirmed and released by the Allen County Coroner's Office as well.  At this time it is believed that the victim was a resident of the home where his body was discovered.

While detectives were canvassing the neighborhood, many residents in the area provided information about a disturbance in the neighborhood that the victim may have been involved in.  At this time it is believed that the victim was involved in a disturbance that occurred late yesterday evening that erupted in the alley, west of the location where his body was discovered. The disturbance had not been reported to police at the time that it occurred.  Detectives are attempting to identify the individuals involved in that disturbance so that they may be interviewed.  Because this information was received immediately, detectives and crime scene technicians have located the area where that disturbance occurred and they have expanded the scene to include it so that it could be processed for any potential evidence.

This incident remains under investigation with the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.  Anyone having any information is asked to contact the Fort Wayne Police at 260 427-1201, or Crime Stoppers at 260 436-STOP [7867].

Assisting Agencies: Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) and the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA).

Officer Raquel Foster
City of Fort Wayne Police Department


For Release: July 26, 2013

Arrested: Steven L. Lemler, age 28, Fort Wayne
Charge:   Involuntary Manslaughter

Fort Wayne, Ind - An arrest has been made in the July 18 2013 High Street homicide investigation.  Early this morning, officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department located Steven L. Lemler and took him into police custody without incident. He was transported to the Allen County Jail on a preliminary charge of involuntary manslaughter.

This investigation progressed quickly due to the immediate and overwhelming cooperation of the neighborhood, and due to eyewitness information.

The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Raquel Foster
City of Fort Wayne Police Department

 

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