UPDATED – Body found in Whitley County – Indiana State Police conducting a death investigation

WHITLEY CO. – At the request of the Whitley County Coroner’s Office, the Indiana State Police is  disseminating the following official autopsy report associated with the death investigation of Curtis E. Thomas:

Whitley County Coroner’s Autopsy Report- Curtis E. Thomas 

This remains an active and ongoing ISP criminal investigation.  ISP detectives are diligently following up on all investigative leads, however, there is nothing further to release at this time. 

Earlier – The Indiana State Police is conducting a death investigation after the body of a Fort Wayne man was discovered early Monday laying alongside County Road 700 East in rural Whitley County.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., an on-duty Indiana State Trooper traveling on County Road 700 East just north of State Road 14 came across the body of a deceased adult male 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 30-year-old Curtis E. Thomas, 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.

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.