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Authorities identify body found in Wabash River

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Shane R. Porter Shane R. Porter

Authorities have identified the body that was found in the Wabash River in early April.

On Monday, April 1, a body was seen floating in the Wabash River near Patton, Illinois which is approximately three miles north of Mount Carmel, IL.

An autopsy by Wabash County Coroner Larry Hodgson determined that the deceased was 36-year-old Shane R. Porter, who had been missing from Dugger, in Sullivan County, for about two months.

Coroner Hodgson told Indiana State Police the cause of death was drowning pending toxicology results. 

State police say Porter was last seen at his home on Friday evening, February 8th at approximately 5:15 p.m. Family members reported Porter missing to Indiana State Police after he failed to report for work later that same evening in Vincennes, or make contact with any of his relatives.

Around 8:50 p.m. on the evening Porter was last seen, a man was spotted swimming in the Wabash River on the south edge of Vincennes.

A 911 call to Vincennes Police from a bystander resulted in Indiana Conservation Officers searching the river by boat until a recovery was made on April 1st.

Porter's car was found abandoned on February 10th in a City of Vincennes public parking area near Memorial Bridge.

Many agencies were involved in this investigation. Assisting the Indiana State Police and the Indiana Conservation Officers were the Vincennes Police and Fire Departments, Vincennes Township Fire Department, Ohio Valley Search and Rescue, Wabash County (IL) Sheriff's Office, Wabash County (IL) Water & Rescue Team, Wabash County (IL) Emergency Management Services, and the Wabash County (IL) Coroner's Office. 

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