UPDATE: Body found in pond is ID’d, death ruled a homicide

UPDATE JAN. 6: The identity of the deceased man is Joseph Clopton, 47, of Chicago, according to authorities. Clopton went missing on December 12 and was reported missing on December 19. La Porte County Sheriff’s Office investigators have ruled his death a homicide. Chicago Police are also now involved in the investigation.


UPDATE JAN. 4: for a few more details on this story, visit this WSBT link: https://wsbt.com/news/local/coroner-body-found-in-la-porte-county-lake


The body of a black male was discovered in water near the 4300 S block of CR 800 E, the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Police were called to the site on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at about 10 a.m.

The male’s identity is as yet unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, at Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City. 

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and La Porte County Coroner’s Office personnel also responded.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gabe Struss at (219)326-7700 ext. 2443 or (219) 809-7697.

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