‘FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The identity of the woman found dead in a Fort Wayne cemetery on Monday has been released following an autopsy by the Allen County Coroner.
Katherine Gick, 30, New Haven, was found dead at the Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Monday. According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, she sustained blunt force trauma and sharp forced trauma but further testing was needed to identify the cause of death. Gick’s death has been ruled a homicide.
The man detained by police shortly after Gick’s body was found on Monday is facing a murder charge for her death.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a witness with the cemetery told officers he saw the man running through the cemetery near the area he’s seen Gick’s body.
Officers found 20-year-old Quinn Albers and police said he took off running when he spotted police. Officers eventually caught him across the street from the cemetery.
Police noticed he was carrying a black bag with knives and a pink electronic device inside. At least one of the knife blades had red stains or possible tissue remains. Gick’s ID was also found in the bag. Albers had injuries to his hands and torso and blood on his hands.
Officers found Gick naked lying on her back with obvious signs of trauma to her head and neck. She had items on top of her body that had been set on fire. She had burns to her torso, pelvic area and arms.
Gick’s death is Allen County’s 14th homicide this year.
Albers never denied his involvement and said he purposely abused bath salts and didn’t remember anything leading up to Gick’s death.
Gick was a client of Easter Seals in Fort Wayne, an official with the organization confirmed. Albers was not currently in a program there. However, officials said he was earlier this year.
Easter Seals provides services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A representative with the organization said they were “shocked, saddened and struggling with the news.”
Albers is being held without bond in the Allen County Jail. He’s scheduled for a court hearing Oct. 27.