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Police Search River and Banks for Clues in Homicide

Tuesday police searched the Wabash River and its banks for clues that may lead them to the identity of a man found dead on Sunday.

Police say the search is a routine procedure. This comes after the Vigo County Coroner conducted an autopsy on the body and ruled the death a homicide on Monday.

Vigo County sheriff's deputies, Terre Haute Police and DNR officers searched the water Tuesday. They went into the water at Fairbanks park and searched the area where the man was found just south of I-70 The search was only surface. No divers were involved in the investigation.

"We're going to return to the scene to make sure that there was nothing missed," said Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom. "You have to keep in mind that the body was recovered in the late evening hours, after dark, so we want to come back here with a group of technicians and detectives and take a close look at the scene looking for any evidence along the bank or around the area where the body was found."

Authorities have registered the man's physical description on a national database to compare against missing persons all over the United States. They also sent his fingerprints to the Indiana State Police lab. That process has been expedited, but the only way to identify him through that database is if he was already in the system.
Police say they have received a few tips, but they are asking for your help in identifying the man. He was 35 to 55-years-old with a broken right thigh bone within the last five to seven years. If you have any information call the Vigo County Sheriff's Department at 812-462-3226.


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