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Police investigating High Street death

FORT WAYNE -- Fort Wayne police are investigating the death of a man found in the backyard of his High Street home on the city's northwest side.

Police responded about 12:30 p.m. to a home in the 1700 block of High Street on a report about a man down, said Officer Raquel Foster, a police spokeswoman.

Police determined the man was dead, Foster said, and began an investigation because the man had injuries police did not disclose.

Neighbors told police there had been a disturbance in the area Wednesday night, and the man, who had lived in the home only a short time, had been a part of the disturbance, so an alley near the home was roped off as part of the scene.

But Foster said the disturbance had not been reported to police, so they have no information about it.

Police do not know whether the man was in the yard all night, but he had been seen there earlier in the day, Foster said.

Verbatim

Statement issued Thursday by the Fort Wayne Police Department:

Date/Time of Incident: July 18, 2013 / 12:32 p.m.

Location of Incident: 1700 block of High Street

Victim: Adult Male; pronounced dead at the scene.

Fort Wayne, Ind - On Tuesday, 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).

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