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2 arrested in Wabash murder case

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

An investigation into a murder that occured in Wabash County last year has led to the arrest of Jose Guadelupe Maya-Sandoval and Gerardo Ruiz-Aviles.

Alexis Serrano, 21, of Indianapolis, was discovered in a wooded area of the Mississinewa State Forest in June by two fishermen. Serrano’s body was found near 1100 South and 450 West.

Wabash County Coroner Suzie Lewis performed an autopsy on Serrano and ruled the death a homicide, but said she couldn’t release any further details on Serrano’s death.

His family had reported him missing to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department three weeks prior to his alleged murder.

Maya-Sandoval, 36, of Fort Wayne, was arrested March 8 during a traffic stop near his Fort Wayne home, according to Indiana State Police reports. Ruiz-Aviles was read a warrant for his arrest at the New Castle Correctional Facility. Maya-Sandoval is being held at the Allen County Jail awaiting transport to the Wabash County Jail.

ISP Public Information Officer Tony Slocum said he couldn’t release details that led investigators to the two suspects but said “good, old-fashioned police work” allowed law enforcement to gather enough evidence to create warrants for the two suspects.

“It’s always good when we’re able to remove people who allegedly commit crimes off the streets, especially in cases such as this one,” he said. “Crime can happen anywhere ... hopefully this arrest will bring this case to justice and to its rightful end.”

State police said troopers and detectives from the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne Post, the Indiana State Police North Zone SWAT, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI assisted in the case.

Wabash County Sheriff Ryan Baker did not return a request for comment on the investigation.