The badly decomposed body of an unidentified man was found on Monday in a
water-filled culvert in unincorporated Hebron, the Porter County Sheriff’s
Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the Chesterton Tribune today that the body
was found around 5:11 p.m. by a citizen in the 90-degree elbow turn of a
culvert on C.R. 500W, between C.R. 900S and C.R. 1000S, in Boone Township.
The body is too severely decomposed to make an immediate determination of
race or age, LaFlower said, nor were there any obvious, or observable, signs
LaFlower noted that the culvert is located in a relatively untraveled part
of the county, surrounded by farmland.
Detectives today were following up on any reports of missing persons,
Coroner Chuck Harris was hopeful this morning that a forensic autopsy could
be scheduled for later today in Mishawaka.
Harris said that the man’s nude body was in about three feet of water and
looks to have been in the culvert “possibly for several months.”