Coroner: Man pulled from St. Marys drowned

Officials searching the St. Marys River on Tuesday night after getting a report that someone someone said they heard a splash and saw ripples.
Officials searching the St. Marys River on Tuesday night after getting a report that someone someone said they heard a splash and saw ripples.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man who was pulled out of the St. Marys River around 9:47 a.m Thursday died of asphyxia due to drowning, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office. The coroner identified the man who died as Robert James Webb, 37, of Fort Wayne.

On Tuesday night, a witness told officials he heard a splash, turned towards the river, and saw ripples of water.

Crews with the Fort Wayne Fire Department searched the river Tuesday night but did not find anyone.

On Wednesday, DNR crews used sonar and drag strips to search the river before suspending the search at 1 p.m. On Wednesday morning at 8, the DNR resumed the search and found a body near the Clinton Street Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge.

The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Natural Resources and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

WANE’s news partners at the News-Sentinel report that Webb had been reported missing earlier in the week.

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