On January 27, 2020 at 2:43 PM the Porter County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to the 23rd mile marker of the East Bound Toll Road regarding a body found in a small body of water. A Toll Road maintenance employee had originally made the discovery while exiting the commuter lot in his vehicle near the toll barrier, James Maynard of the Portage Police stated. The body was found in an area that was not clearly visible to passing motorists. Portage Detectives said there was no obvious signs of trauma.
This investigation is ongoing and identification is pending notification of next-of-kin. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday January 29, 2020, according to Coroner, Cyndi Dykes.
Indiana State Police, DNR, Portage Police Department and Portage Fire Department are assisting the Coroner’s office with the investigation.
Update – As of Monday Afternoon Portage Police did also cancel the Silver Alert for a missing Gary man but it is unclear if this incident is related at this time.