Victim found in Maumee River ID’d

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A body was found floating at the confluence of the city’s three rivers in downtown Fort Wayne early afternoon Thursday.

Emergency crews were called around 1:30 p.m. to the St. Joseph Boulevard bridge, where the St. Marys and St. Joseph rivers flow into the Maumee River, on a report of a body in the water there. Corporal Rodney Clear with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement said people on the Rivergreenway spotted the body and called authorities.

Emergency crews work along a riverbank in downtown Fort Wayne.

The body was eventually pulled from the water.

Clear said the body had been in the water for at least more than a day.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the victim as 28-year-old William Vanburen Martin Parker IV of Fort Wayne. An autopsy showed Parker drown in the river.

The coroner’s office said the manner of Parker’s death was pending further investigation, though.

Officials have not offered any new information on their investigation.