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Investigation into woman’s death unsettling for neighbors

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The unexplained death of Laura Larkin is creating stress and anxiety for people who lived near the woman.

Fort Wayne police still need help locating a “person of interest” in the case.

It was Monday November 26th when 33-year old Laura Larkin was found dead in her white two-story in the 2400 block of Cass Street.

The coroner ID’d Larkin following an autopsy, but the cause and manner of death are still not determined.

More lab tests have been ordered to try and nail down answers.

The new development on Thursday– police named and published a picture of 22-year old Cordell Patterson, labeling him a person of interest, rather than a suspect.

“We just want to talk to him, he has some information that we think might be relatable to the case. So we just want to find him, anybody who knows his whereabouts is asked to call us,” said FWPD Sgt. Jim Seay.

Larkin was born in Colorado, moved here in 2000, graduated from Homestead High School in 2003, and worked for a web design and marketing services firm in town at the time of her death.

Her passing leaves twin 9-year old girls without their mom.

We talked to neighbors, who want to know what happened to Larkin.

“She always waved when I drove by,” said Matt Bartlett, who lives about three doors down from Larkin’s home.

He told us he has seen someone matching the description of Cordell Patterson coming from Larkin’s place, but not since she was found dead.

“You should be able to find him, but because you can’t find him, it doesn’t look good for him,” Bartlett said.

“There was never any commotion, never no one outside arguing or anything,” said Qualin Starks, who has lived next to Larkin for years.

He says his children and Larkin’s twins played together almost every day.

He hopes the investigation shows this wasn’t a crime.

“Instead of us having to tell our kids that somebody did something to her, or her kids having to hear that somebody did something to her,” Starks said.

Larkin’s Mercedes Benz automobile disappeared for a time, but police say it has been recovered.

If you know where to find Cordell Patterson, you are urged to call 911 immediately.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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