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Body found in Evansville creek identified

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Evansville police have pulled a vehicle from Pigeon Creek. They say it is connected to the discovery, earlier in the day, of a body off of Kentucky Ave.

Early Monday, authorities were called to the 4200 Block of North Kentucky Avenue in Evansville. There they found the body in the creek. They have now identified the victim as 32-year-old Jody Payne of Evansville.

Police say someone in the nearby neighborhood called and reported the body at about 10:00 a.m. Monday morning. They say Payne's body was found face-down on some rocks, along the edge of the creek, and neighbors say the body was initially sited by a young boy who lives in the area.

Police say the body was in very poor condition, and that Payne was identified by his tattoos, that EPD had on record. Then, at about 1:00 p.m. Monday, Payne's SUV was found partially submerged upstream from where the body was found.

Police say one set of four-wheel tracks can be seen leading to the creek, and they say they have no reason to suspect anyone else was with Payne at the scene.

Police say nothing is conclusive at this time, but they say they are treating the death as suspicious.

"The family said they had not heard from him in a few days. They gave us a possible vehicle that he would have been driving, the last time he was seen. We were able to find that vehicle in the creek and verify that it was the vehicle that Mr. Payne was last seen driving. Right now, we still don't see anything that's an obvious indicator of what may have happened to Mr. Payne," said Jason Cullum with EPD.

Police are still investigating this as a suspicious death.

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