Autopsy: Missing man died from crash injuries

Fort Wayne car accident
The car where the body of a missing person was found is some ways away from the road.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The body of a missing Fort Wayne man was discovered in a ravine late Tuesday morning.  Investigators said Ronald Paisley, 72, crashed his car at the end of a remote road, just east of I-469 outside New Haven.

Officers on the scene said Paisley’s family reported him missing Monday night, and it was only after his phone was “pinged” Tuesday morning, just before noon, that his body and the wrecked car were discovered.

An autopsy determined that Paisley died from blunt force trauma caused by the crash. His death has been ruled an accident. Investigators haven’t determined if he was wearing a seat belt.

The crash happened on Selma Drive.  It runs parallel to 469, just to the east of the northbound lanes and T’s into Minnick Road from the North.

Signs clearly say – no entrance to 469, no outlet and pavement ending.  Investigators are looking into whether Paisley missed those signs and crashed his car into the ravine where the road dead-ends. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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