Body Found Wednesday in Storage Unit

Police Find Meth Materials During Vacant Store Death Investigation

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Rachel Martin

January 26, 2013 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - An investigation into the death of a woman found in a vacant Fort Wayne store Wednesday afternoon includes the discovery of meth-making materials, Fort Wayne police announced Friday.

The Fort Wayne Police Department's Methamphetamine Suppression Unit found products used in the manufacture of methamphetamines were found in the building, 4331 S. Anthony Blvd., and inside a vehicle at the scene, police say.

Authorities believe there was an active meth lab inside the vacant store sometime Wednesday.

Dana M. Gersper, 33, of Fort Wayne, was pronounced dead at the scene. Gersper's cause and manner of death are still pending, according to the Allen County coroner's office.

A second woman found unresponsive inside the store was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition. She has since been downgraded to critical condition, according to police. She has not been identified.

Police say further investigation reveals a third adult female and an adult male "associated and involved with" the investigation also visited a hospital emergency room on Wednesday. They were later released.

Fort Wayne police, the Allen County coroner and the Allen County prosecutor's office continue their investigation.

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