Fort Wayne man indicted for murder in Paulding County

PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) An arrest warrant has been issued for a Fort Wayne man who authorities believe murdered a woman whose body was found in Paulding County, Ohio back in March.

Danel Zerbe
Daniel Zerbe

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Daniel Zerbe, 42, on one count of murder for the killing of Wilma A. Schwartz of Fort Wayne after a review of evidence presented by investigators with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office according to a news release issued Friday morning.

On March 14, construction workers discovered Schwartz’s body when they arrived to tear down an abandoned home at 10488 Road 1 in Antwerp, Ohio. The Paulding County Coroner’s Office said she died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Wilma Schwartz
Wilma Schwartz

“Through our investigation, we discovered Schwartz was shot inside her vehicle by Zerbe. We learned Schwartz and Zerbe had been in a relationship for several years, and it wasn’t good,” Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said. “My deputies were able to advance this case when Zerbe was arrested on an unrelated warrant, and he was found in possession of the gun used in the murder.”

Zerbe is currently in custody in Allen County on charges related to methamphetamine. He also has outstanding warrants in Wells County. Zerbe will eventually be extradited to Paulding County for arraignment.

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