Body ID'd

DEFIANCE — The Defiance County Sheriff’s Office has positively identified a body which was found in the Maumee River in May.

The male has been identified as Jabari Mbwelera, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had been reported missing on Jan. 23.

Mbwelera’s body was found near U.S. Route 127 near Sherwood.

The identification was made by the use of DNA by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The case has been turned over to the Fort Wayne Police Department for follow up. A message left with the Fort Wayne Police seeking more information was not returned as of press time.

I started at the Northwest Signal in 1994 and became editor in 2004. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1994.

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