Woman no longer “person of interest” in homicide investigation

Cropped surveillance photo taken at the Brass Rail on September 21, 2017 shows person of interest.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Police Department now indicates a woman captured in a surveillance photo at a Fort Wayne bar is no longer a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation of the death of a man who was killed by a blow to the head.

Michael R. Wilcher, 51, of New Haven was found at around 11 p.m. along the 400 block of Huffman Street near Wells on September 21, 2017.  He was taken to a hospital where he died.  The Allen County Coroner’s Office determined that Wilcher died from blunt force injuries to the head and his death was ruled a homicide.

The surveillance photo was taken that same evening at the Brass Rail, located at 1121 Broadway in Fort Wayne and shows the woman sitting or standing near the bar.  Police have identified the woman and no longer consider her a “person of interest” in the case.

Police are asking for anyone who knows anything about the death of Michael Wilcher to call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.