Many 2017 murders still unsolved

The Allen County Coroner's office said there have been 28 murders as of October 19.

Posted: Oct 25, 2017 9:29 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2017 9:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Allen County is on track to have fewer murders in 2017, compared to the record set in 2016.

However, many of the crimes in 2017 still aren't solved.

"There could be people still out there who've committed heinous crimes," said Fort Wayne resident Mitchell Berger.

The Allen County Coroner's office said there have been 28 murders as of October 19.

While that's down considerably from last year, Fort Wayne police still don't know who pulled the trigger in most of the homicides.

That has some people worried.

"It's a little unnerving. Sometimes I don't feel safe when I do walk around Fort Wayne," said Berger.

"It kind of makes me a little nervous, a little sad just for the families that have lost loved ones due to violence," said Quila Jackson, Fort Wayne resident.

So far, only four of this year's homicides have been solved.

The Allen County Prosecutor's office said that's common because it could take a few years before anyone is brought to trial for murder.

That's because of advances in technology and forensics.

"It's always that battle between doing things fast or doing things right. We certainly choose to do things right over than just doing them fast," Michael McAlexander, Allen County chief deputy prosecuting attorney.

McAlexander said they can't bring criminals to justice alone, and people agree.

"I think people that need to step up and help. Whatever they know, I feel like, they should help police with a little bit of information, if it's the slightest bit of information that can help," Jackson said.
"Juries still like to hear from people that can implicate a criminal defendant. We need people that saw things and are willing to testify. We need people that heard things and are willing to testify," said McAlexander.

McAlexander said most murders in Allen County are centered around drugs.

If you any information on any crime, call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-STOP (260-436-7867).

 

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