Coroner: Man’s death was suicide

March 28, 2019

The Allen County coroner’s office said today it is standing by its ruling that a North Carolina man killed himself in Fort Wayne this month and that inaccurate information about the man’s death has been spread on social media. 

The coroner’s office ruled March 21 the 21-year-old man from Huntersville, North Carolina hanged himself. His body was found March 14 in a semi-tractor-trailer parked at a business in the 9100 block of Bluffton Road, the coroner’s office said today. 

The semi-tractor-trailer left Falls Creek, Pennsylvania about 1:19 p.m. Fort Wayne time for a delivery in Fort Wayne. The semi traveled through Ohio cities before arriving in Fort Wayne shortly before 7 p.m., Mike Burris, chief investigator for the coroner’s office, said. 

Firefighters and paramedics found the man about 11:44 a.m. March 14 in the sleeper compartment. There were no signs of a struggle in the driver’s compartment or sleeper compartment of the semi, Burris said. 

No autopsy was requested due to the circumstances of the investigation and physical examination, which is consistent with the coroner’s office’s protocol and past practices, Burris said. 

The coroner’s office released the body to the family’s funeral home. Two funeral directors completed physical examinations of the man’s body listing injuries as abrasions on the front side of the neck. No other injuries were listed, Burris said. 

Reports on social media about the man’s death are inaccurate, he said. 

Burris said an autopsy was determined not to be necessary and was not ordered, which is consistent with the coroner’s office’s protocol.