FORT WAYNE – Tuesday afternoon was beautiful for a swim, and the FBI's underwater evidence recovery team spent it searching a pond in a southwest Fort Wayne subdivision.
FBI officials said they were at the pond in the Shorewood addition as part of a joint investigation with the Fort Wayne Police Department. They declined to comment on what the investigation was about.
Surrounded by well-manicured backyards and willow trees, the pond behind Blue Stone Court is about 100 yards from the front door of the home of a local attorney who was shot about 18 months ago.
In March 2012, David J. Kuker was shot at least once in the shoulder with a handgun. He told police he encountered a man inside his garage in the morning before he went to work.
Kuker, a corporate lawyer and partner with the firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, said he was not able to give a description of the shooter because the man sprayed something in his eyes. He told police the shooter was not someone he knew.
At the time, police said they believed the shooter ran south and through the northeast end of a nearby pond, going around the pond and then heading west or southwest. They believed he got into a waiting vehicle in a nearby cul-de-sac or crossed Illinois Road.
In spite of extensive media coverage and the offer of a $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward, no suspect was identified and no charges have been filed.
Then, about five weeks later, the home of another Faegre Baker Daniels attorney, Jeffrey Goeglein, was shot at. Goeglein told police that he saw two bullet holes in a rear window in his home in the Falls of Beaver Creek subdivision, about a mile away from Kuker's home.
Goeglein's home is about a mile away from the pond that federal investigators searched Tuesday.
According to the FBI's website, the Underwater Search Evidence Recovery Team uses a variety of tools such as sonar and metal detectors to find items such as knives, guns and airplane black boxes. They can locate items as small as a bullet.
As the divers searched the water Tuesday afternoon, a Fort Wayne fire truck and a handful of firefighters stood by in a homeowner's back yard. FBI employees, their T-shirts emblazoned with the "USERT" logo, held air hoses and watched screens and equipment while two divers worked the west end of the pond. The only sign of the divers in the water were two white buoys floating above their position.
At the time of the shootings, police believed the incidents were related and stepped up patrols around the houses and the law firm.
According to the law firm's website, Kuker remains employed as a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. Goeglein, however, is not listed as an employee. While his law license appears to still be active, a search of records found no evidence he is still actively practicing law in the Fort Wayne area.