Body of Newton Co. drowning victim found

Crews search for a missing Hammond man in JC Murphy Lake. (WLFI Photo)
Crews search for a missing Hammond man in JC Murphy Lake. (WLFI Photo)

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The body of a Hammond, Indiana man who drowned Saturday evening at JC Murphy Lake has been found, according to DNR officials.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said the body of Saul Lopez, 22, was recovered Tuesday morning by the Kentland Fire Department from JC Murphy Lake at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area in Newton County.

Conservation officers and the Kentland Fire Department had been searching for Lopez since he disappeared under the water on Saturday, July 19.

The Newton County Coroner’s Office took custody of Lopez’s body at the scene.

Indiana Conservation officers are continuing to investigate the death of Lopez. 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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