Death of woman found in home ruled homicide

Photo of the house on Le Steele Boulevard

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) After an autopsy performed Saturday, the Allen County Coroner’s Office determined that the death of a woman who was found in her home Friday was a homicide. The coroner identified the woman as Diane Woods, 78, of Fort Wayne.

Photo of the house on Le Steele Boulevard
Photo of the house on Le Steele Boulevard

The coroner said Woods died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Officers were called to Woods’ home in the 5700 block of Le Steele Boulevard around 5:20 Friday evening. When they got there they found her unconscious. Paramedics pronounced her dead on the scene.

The investigation so far has revealed that family members of the woman had been unable to reach her for a few days. A family member went to the home to check on the female, found her unconscious, and called police.

Police were seen searching Woods’ yard looking for any clues, and tried speaking with neighbors.

“Any time there are a lot of police cars, it gets people out to see what’s going on,” said FWPD spokesperson Chris Felton.  “Which is good because it brings out possible witnesses.  So detectives were talking to everybody, and we going to walk through the entire mobile home park.”

Neighbors who spoke with NewsChannel 15 said they were shocked to hear the news of Woods’ death.

“It bothers me a lot,” Gary Piercy, Woods’ next door neighbor.  “She’s a poor old lady who doesn’t bother anybody.  Why would anybody do this to her?  You could have walked right into my house and taken everything I had, as long as you didn’t hurt that woman right there.”

Piercy said he would help out Woods by mowing her lawn.  He added that Woods usually kept to herself.

“This is really scary,” Terria Justice told NewsChannel 15 while watching police search the area.  “It makes you wonder if we have to be concerned as a community.”

Photo of the house on Le Steele Boulevard

This incident remains under investigation by the Allen County Coroner’s Office, the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Prosecutor’s. There are no suspects.

Woods’ death is the 9th homicide in Allen County in 2014.


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