Authorities ID body found in Maumee River as missing Fort Wayne man

Defiance County Sheriff's investigators confirmed that the body found in the Maumee River on May 24th is that of Jabari Mbwelera.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 12:47 PM

Defiance County Sheriff's investigators on Monday confirmed that a body recovered from the Maumee River in May is that of a Fort Wayne man who disappeared in January. 

Investigators say DNA testing by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation identified the body as 27-year-old Jabari Mbwelera, who has been missing since Jan. 16th. 

The report confirms what Mbwelera's mother Kathryn first told FOX 55 News on Saturday

The Defiance County Sheriff says the case has been turned over to Fort Wayne Police for further investigation. 

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