(7-6-21) The Allen County Coroner’s Office has released new information in connection to the death of Tiffany Ferris (35) of Decatur.

On Monday, May 10 officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel at 3320 W. Coliseum Boulevard for an unknown problem. When they went inside the hotel room Ferris was found dead inside of the bathtub.

Smith, Jr.

According to a probable cause affidavit, detectives allege that the suspect, Terry Smith Jr. (34), staged her death to look like an overdose.

Today the coroner ruled her death to be consistent with drowning and the manner of death is homicide, the 23rd in Allen County in 2021.

Smith was arrested shortly after the killing took place and is currently being held at the Allen County Jail.