South Bend Police Department Press Release

Saturday, September 12, 2009

 

Body Found In River / Updated


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Update to yesterday's story: (The original appears below):
      An autopsy was performed on the victim in this case this morning at 11:00am at the St. Joseph Hospital Morgue in Fort Wayne Indiana.  Dr. Pramod Carpenter conducted the autopsy and found no signs of trauma to the victim and has determined the preliminary cause of death to be a result of drowning.  Microscopic examinations and toxicology tests are pending at this time.  The case is being considered an accidental death at this time.  
     Metro Homicide Unit Technicians were able to identify the victim through his identification, as well as several known tattoos and medical procedure information.  The victim has been identified as:
Jeffery S. Elliott
Male white
53 years of age
     Mr. Elliott was a resident of South Bend; however Investigators have not been able to locate any family members living locally.  Investigators were able to make contact with a female friend of Mr. Elliott’s, who told them that Mr. Elliott’s’ parents were both deceased, and that she knows of him to have a brother and a sister who both live outside the State of Indiana.  All attempts to find Mr. Elliott’s siblings have been fruitless to this point.  
     The Metro Homicide Unit is asking anyone who may have information regarding Mr. Elliott, his family or his activities since September 3rd, 2009 to please contact Lt. Brian Young at 574-235-5009.      

Capt. Michael D. Grzegorek    
Assistant Commander 
St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit    
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At 12:16 PM, this date, the SBPD Communications Center received a call from a citizen reporting what she believed to be a body in the St. Joseph River adjacent to the 900 block of Northside Blvd. SBFD Water Rescue personnel arrived and confirmed the fact that there were human remains approximately 10 yards from shore and began to recover the body.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (MHU) was called along with the County Coroner's Office as is standard procedure in these type of found body incidents and they will investigate the case. An autopsy has been ordered and the body has been transported to a morgue in the region. The exact time and date of the autopsy is unknown at this time.

The individual appeared to be a middle-aged male white, fully clothed and wearing prescription eyeglasses. There was a wallet discovered in this person's clothing and an Indiana ID card located in same, however it will take additional research to verify the identity. The body appeared to have been in the water for several days at the least.

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