2013 Ruled Most Deadly Year for Allen County

Published 01/21 2014 06:50PM

Updated 01/22 2014 08:41AM


Recently we reported that in 2013 Fort Wayne and Allen County tied the record number of homicides set back in 1997. That number of 44 has now officially been broken by a suspicious death investigation that occurred last august. This makes 2013 the deadliest year on record for Allen County.

The body of 51-year-old Steven Dwayne Turner was found bound and charred in the trunk of his car just south of Fort Wayne on Ferguson Rd.

Deputy Coroner and senior investigator, Paulette Kite says this death investigation took longer than many others because of the condition the body was found. Kite said the body was so badly burned that dental records had to be used to make an identification. She says many results from forensic pathologists and radiologists took up to eight weeks to be returned. Turners initial cause of death investigators say, is blunt force trauma to the head.

2014 has started off the same way 2013 ended. Allen County has seen multiple shootings and one homicide.

Most all of the deaths seen in Allen County last year took place in Fort Wayne, and the majority of those occurred just southeast of the downtown area. City officials have recently made changes to the heads of law enforcement in the hopes cracking down on the city's crime rate.


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