Body identified in St. Joseph Co. death on Tamarack Road

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 10:14 AM EDT
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - New details as the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit continues their investigation into a death at the 69500 block of Tamarack Road in Walkerton.

The body has been identified as Danae M. Rudge, 29.

16 News Now confirmed with St. Joseph County Coroner Mike McGann this investigation is into her death. She was found inside this residence.

Officers responded around 9 a.m. Friday morning.

Her body will undergo an autopsy in Fort Wayne tomorrow morning.

While investigators have the identity of the woman and are notifying next of kin, they hope tomorrow’s autopsy can give them more insights into the cause and manner of death.

The county metro homicide unit is still considering this simply a death investigation.

St. Joseph County police called them in initially to help with determining the cause and manner of death before the homicide unit accepted handling the investigation.

A St. Joseph County officer told 16 News Now that there are some suspicious factors on scene that the homicide unit is continuing to look into.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit released the following information Friday afternoon:

The St. Joseph County Police were dispatched to the 69000 block of Tamarack Road, Walkerton, Indiana this morning for a report of a deceased person. SJCPD asked MHU to assist in determining the cause and manner of the death. Protocol permits member agencies to seek consultation from MHU; that is what occurred here. The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is now handling the investigation. Release of the decedent’s name will occur after appropriate notifications have been made to family. An autopsy is pending; once a pathologist can provide a cause and manner of death, we will be in a better position to release more information about the scope and direction of the investigation. As we are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, we believe it is premature to start releasing details or any particular descriptions of the scene at this time.

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