Police investigating suspicious death of Fort Wayne man in Whitley County

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Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 11:55 PM EDT
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Whitley County, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Indiana State Police is conducting a death investigation after the body of a Fort Wayne man was discovered earlier today laying alongside County Road 700 East in rural Whitley County.

At approximately 12:45pm, an on duty Indiana State Trooper traveling on CR700E just north of State Road 14 came across the body of a deceased adult man lying in a side ditch. 

Detectives from the Fort Wayne Post immediately responded to the scene, as well as investigators with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and the Whitley County Coroner’s office.

The body has been positively identified as that of Curtis E. Thomas, 30, of Fort Wayne.  The circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious in nature, and remain under investigation.

Cause and manner of death will be determined through an autopsy scheduled later this week at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center in Fort Wayne.

Notification has been made to family members.

This is an active and ongoing criminal investigation.  At this time there is no further information to be released.

Anyone that may have information that can assist detectives with this investigation, is asked to call the Fort Wayne Post at (260)432-8661.

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