Ground and water search conducted after body found in Wabash


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – News 10 spoke with Chief Deputy Clark Cottom Tuesday morning in regards to the body found in the Wabash River Sunday evening.

“(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.

Officials from Indiana DNR and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department started a search in a boat around 10:45 this morning.

Cottom said they are combing the water, taking pictures of the shoreline and just making sure they didn’t miss anything.

He also said that this search is routine.

Finger prints were sent to the Indiana State Police lab to help identify this body. But the next step in this case will be to go to local doctors to see if they have had a patient that matches the description of the body.

Officials are also asking for your help.

“I need the public’s help in this particular case. The individual had a very serious facture at one time in his life to his right femur,” Cottom explained. “And that should stand out in somebody’s mind. If you know someone who might be missing and they’ve had a serious leg fracture at one time in the last 5 to 7 years, we need folks to call in.”

At this point, they are also searching all missing persons reports in both Indiana and Illinois.

Tune in to News 10 at Midday where Brittany Earl will bring you more details in this case. 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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