Auto belonging to Rockford murder suspect located in Fort Wayne

Authored by Jim Langham on Nov 12, 2012

A vehicle belonging to a Rockford murder suspect has been located on Smith Street on Fort Wayne. The auto, a 1998 red Ford Explorer, has been impounded in Fort Wayne, but the suspect, Daniel Martin, remained at large over the weekend.
The homicide, involving the murder of Melinda Shinn, occurred last Thursday at 509 North Street in Rockford.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Gray reported that his office was dispatched to the scene. In addition, Rockford Police Chief Paul May arrived at the scene and discovered Shinn, age 26, dead.
Martin had apparently been living in the home where the victim was discovered. Her nine-year old boy was also residing in the residence. Martin is described as a black male, 5-11, 230 pounds and is to be respected as armed and extremely dangerous.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Martin and Shinn had been arguing in the mobile home the Wednesday night before her body was found at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Mercer County Sheriff Gray said that there were text messages going on between the victim and people outside of the home.
A press release notes that this is the first time in Rockford history that Mercer County police are trying to solve a homicide.
Upon entering the home, officers found Shinn dead in her home with evidence suggesting that a firearm was used.
Thursday evening officials announced a murder warrant for the 40-year-old Martin.

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