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Deputies release name of man found deceased on McKenna Road

NOW: Deputies release name of man found deceased on McKenna Road


Ty Sawyer Lee Brown

Ty Sawyer Lee Brown

Photo courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

McKenna Road

Photo courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. -- Deputies have released the name of the man whose body was discovered on McKenna Road early Monday morning.

The victim was identified as 20-year-old Ty Sawyer Lee Brown of Indianapolis, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office.

We received pictures from Brown's uncle, who wishes to not be named at this time, however he said that Ty was a junior at Butler University and was an all around good kid: excelled in school, enjoyed life, and loved his friends and family.

The uncle told me that Brown was visiting his girlfriend's family cabin on Lake Barbee for the Labor Day weekend. 

Then police report that at some point he went to a local bar, the Barbee Landing, and stayed until 2:30 am. From there he left, headed west, on foot.

In the walk home, that police estimated to take only 5-7 minutes, family says he was hit by a car that just drove off. 

Todd Hahn, who found Brown's body on his was to work around 5 am just on the side of McKenna Road near EMS B32 lane, says that as soon as he pulled over he knew there was nothing he could do. 

Hahn relayed that he walked up to the body, saw drying blood pooled around his head, and immediately called police. For the next 10 minutes Hahn performed CPR until EMS and police arrived and took Brown from the scene.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center.

If you have any information in this case, please contact Detective Sergeant Josh Spangle or Detective Neil Likens at 574-267-5667.

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Lezli 174 days ago
I'm so saddened by this story I live in Heron Bay right beside JT's Campground and when my husband & I headed out towards Ft.Wayne Monday Morning there were sheriff's cars all over the place, I truly think I that whoever hit Ty must have been drinking and driving that's a really bad place to walk especially when it's dark out because u can't see good and the hill there doesn't help any either, I send my deepest condolences to the family and hope whoever did this is brought to Justice.

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