Man found in pond was homicide victim

A body found Friday morning in a pond near Fish Lake has been identified as 47-year-old Joseph Clopton of Chicago, who had been missing since Dec. 12, according to La Porte County Coroner Bob Cutler.

MICHIGAN CITY – A Chicago man whose body was found floating in a pond in rural La Porte County on Friday morning was a homicide victim, authorities said Monday.

Following a forensic autopsy, law enforcement is now investigating the death as a homicide, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Office.

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