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Coroner ID's body found in Fort Wayne river

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Identity nailed down.  

We now know the name of the dead man found on Thursday floating in water at the confluence of Fort Wayne's three rivers.

An autopsy performed Friday did not settle all issues related to the death investigation, but at least one major question is now answered.

The Allen County coroner's office says the victim pulled from water near the Columbia Street Bridge on Thursday afternoon has been identified as 28-year old William Parker IV.

The cause of death is determined to be drowning, but whether it was an accident or due to something else, the autopsy did not provide an answer.

Two witnesses were walking on the bridge, looked down into the river and noticed a body floating about fifteen feet out from the shoreline.

Conservation officers at the scene told us they did not know if the victim had gone into the water at that spot, or somewhere upstream.

Officer Rodney Clear did say the body had been in the river for longer than a day.

This is at least the third body pulled from a Fort Wayne river since May.

34-year old Paul Ledesma's body was found near the Tecumseh Street Bridge in late spring.

Soon after, former NFL player James Hardy's body turned up in the Maumee River near the Anthony Boulevard Bridge.

Hardy's death was ruled a suicide.

In addition, 27-year old Jason Underwood's body was found in mid-August, lying face down on the gravel boat launch on the edge of the St. Joseph River near IPFW.

He had been shot several times.

Regarding the new case, we’re told there were no signs of blunt force trauma, gunshot or stab wounds, but the Allen County prosecutor's office is taking part in the follow-up investigation, in the event things take a turn and it looks like foul play.

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