2 men in Fort Wayne found dead inside garage of Cumberland Avenue home

Officers responded to a report of a 'person down' at the 700 block of Cumberland Avenue at 2:24 a.m.

Posted: Dec 3, 2021 12:31 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2021 10:26 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Police found the bodies of two men inside the garage of a northern Fort Wayne home early Friday morning.

Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a "person down" at the 700 block of Cumberland Avenue at 2:24 a.m.

Police say the owner of this Cumberland Avenue house immediately knew something was wrong when they got home early Friday morning.

The garage door was wide open.

“They walked up, saw a body on the ground, instantly left, went to a local gas station and called police,” Sgt. Jeremy Webb said.

Webb says when officers arrived at the house a little after 2 a.m. they discovered the bodies of two men but there were no signs of forced entry.

“The homeowner did say that they did not recognize who those individuals were,” Webb said.

Ben Sauer has lived across the street for about ten years and says he did not hear any suspicious noises coming from the house before the bodies were discovered.

“About 5 o'clock this morning there were about 15 squad cars in the street. One of the detectives, actually, he’d seen my lights on and asked me if I’d heard anything and I was asleep,” Sauer said.

He says this is a fairly quiet neighborhood where people tend to keep to themselves.

“I would love to get out of this little neighborhood. It’s not bad, it’s not a bad neighborhood. I’d just rather be out of the city,” Sauer said.

For now, investigators are faced with the following questions: who were the men, how did they die and how did they get into the garage?

“All that is part of the investigation that we’re trying to piece together and find out. We just don’t have a lot of answers right now,” Webb said.

Until they find those answers, Sauer waits in anticipation to find out how safe his neighborhood really is.

“Once we find the details, it might change my mind about it,” Sauer said.

The cause and manner of deaths will be released later by the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Wayne Police at (260) 427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

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