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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:02 pm

Another homicide added to '16 total

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Allen County gained another homicide in 2016.

The coroner determined Jessica Elizabeth Bruch, 23, was shot to death Nov. 12, but the manner in which she died remained unresolved pending further investigation.

On Wednesday, her death was officially ruled a homicide. 

Police were called about 9:30 on a cold Saturday night to St. Joseph Hospital where a woman, later identified as Bruch, was transported after being shot. She died shortly before 10 p.m. Investigators determined the shooting occurred at a home in the 700 block of Walnut Street.  They used their forensic tools to canvass that area.

A woman who lived across from the home where Bruch was believed to have been shot said only a woman lived there, but people were going in and out of the house all day long.

Bruch’s death is the 49th homicide of 2016, adding one more to the new record for homicides in Allen County. The previous record was 45 in 2013.

Christopher Meihls, deputy coroner with the Allen County coroner’s office, said the delay in classifying her death as a homicide was due to an ongoing investigation.

"We just had to get all the information put together," Meihls said Wednesday.  

jduffy@jg.net