Fort Wayne police: Body found in ditch ruled ‘suspicious’

The body of an adult male was found Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 in a ditch off Fairfield Avenue. (Provided Photo/WANE)
The body of an adult male was found Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 in a ditch off Fairfield Avenue. (Provided Photo/WANE)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The body of an adult male was found Wednesday morning in a ditch on Fort Wayne’s south side and police have said the circumstances surrounding the death are “suspicious.”

Police were called around 8:20 a.m. to the 6400 block of Fairfield Avenue on a report of an unknown problem there. When officers arrived, a resident took them to a ditch line in the 6600 block of the road, near the north end of the Donald Ross Golf Club off West Tillman Road.

There, police found an unresponsive male down a steep embankment, according to a news release. Fire personnel at the scene pronounced the victim dead.

Police said detectives and crime scene investigators processed the scene. That study produced a deduction: “This death does appear to be suspicious in nature,” police said in a release.

The Allen Coroner’s Office was expected to conduct an autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause and manner of death. The identity of the victim will be released later.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s Office and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office.