Investigation continues into body found in Wabash

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) -The investigation continues in a Vigo County homicide case. Late Sunday night, police found a body floating in the Wabash River and after an autopsy the case turned into a homicide.

It began as a late night water rescue

“(Sunday) evening around 8 pm 911 received a call that some boaters had found a body in the Wabash river,” Clark Cottom the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department’s Chief Deputy said.

Terre Haute Police assisted the Sugar Creek Fire Department and DNR in recovering the body in the river, south of I-70. But as day broke, it quickly turned into something more sinister.

“The Department of Natural Resources has requested that the sheriff’s department conduct the investigation,” Cottom explained. “The body was transported to the Vigo County Coroner’s Office where an autopsy was performed this morning and the death has been ruled a homicide.”

The difficult part now is piecing the crime back together to find those responsible.

“We are gonna conduct finger prints on the body found and see if we can possibly identify through that means,” Cottom said.

Here’s where the sheriff’s department needs your help. They are asking if you know of a white male, between the ages of 35 and 55 around the height of 5’7 that had gone missing in the last week. Here’s another clue he had a very distinctive injury.

“In the past he has suffered from a right femur injury,” Cottom explained. “The femur is a pretty large bone, so it was a pretty substantial injury so there would have been some recovery time.”

At this point, they are also searching all missing persons reports in both Indiana and Illinois. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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