Coroner: Wisconsin woman found dead in Fort Wayne suffocated

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – Coroners say a Wisconsin woman had been suffocated before her body was found buried in a Fort Wayne home earlier this year.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that 34-year-old Jessica Ann Fecht of Portage, Wisconsin, died from an object such as a rope or cord being tightened around her neck.

Fort Wayne police investigating a marijuana-growing operation in a home Feb. 5 found her body covered with dirt and debris in a hole in the basement

Fecht’s family had last heard from her on Jan. 13. They said at the time of her death that she had gone to Fort Wayne to meet a man she met online.

Police have arrested a Fort Wayne man on preliminary charges in connection with her death.