ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — The death of 29-year-old Jacob Beck marked the first homicide in Allen County this year. Since then there has been one more in the county and 14 more in the city of Fort Wayne, most recently with the death of 25-year-old Fashionee Moore.
Of the 16 investigations, only the case of 5-year-old Mya White’s death ended in an arrest. Her father, Toney White II was sentenced to 17 and a half years earlier this year. Fort Wayne Police Spokesman Michael Joyner said in the city’s cases the public is helping them gain information, but more can be done.
“It certainly could be better,” Joyner said. “I’d like to say we have 14 homicide investigations that are solved.”
Joyner said homicide cases take time to solve, and witnesses are a key ingredient when it comes to getting the information officers need to make an arrest.
“This is our community and it’s not going to get any safer if we don’t take people of the streets that are capable of taking the life of someone else,” Joyner said.
On top of the one arrest, Joyner said four requests for warrants have been sent to the prosecutor’s office.
“Looking to make sure that all of the pieces of this particular investigation or investigations comes together that do in fact meet their criteria for a warrant to be issued for an arrest,” Joyner explained.
As the investigations continue and more people come forward with valuable information Joyner has a message for the people responsible for the other unsolved homicides.
“We will never give up the fight,” Joyner said. “We will never give up the investigation. Every day we are making inroads to who is responsible and every day we are a step closer at capturing you.”
If you have any information about the homicides in Allen County you are asked to call the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 436-STOP or 1-800-237-STOP.