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Coroner: Gunshots killed 2 in bedroom


– A man and woman found dead in a Huntertown home Thursday were shot to death.

Still, the key question surrounding their deaths – who pulled the trigger – remains, the coroner said Friday.

Allen County police have said, however, that residents in the Carroll Creek neighborhood where the killings took place should remain calm and have nothing to fear.

David T. Wehrle, 39, and Linette A. Pass, 49, were found dead inside a bedroom at 12004 Wandering Way after Wehrle did not show up at work for several days.

The Allen County coroner on Friday ruled Wehrle’s death a homicide due to at least one gunshot wound. His death is the fifth homicide in the county this year.

Pass also died from at least one gunshot wound, the coroner ruled, but her manner of death is pending further investigation.

Wehrle and Pass are listed as the owners of the home, according to Allen County tax records.

The house, which was roped off all day Thursday with yellow police tape, is in a quiet neighborhood just over the Huntertown and Fort Wayne border.

Neither Wehrle nor Pass had extensive run-ins with police, according to Indiana court records.

Wehrle had been arrested on a misdemeanor charge when he was about 19.

Pass had a misdemeanor arrest on her record from 2010, but the charge against her in that case was dropped by prosecutors.

The deaths are being investigated by police, the coroner’s office and the prosecutor’s office.