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Body of missing man found along I94 in Portage

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) - A highway mowing crew has found the body of a missing LaPorte man along a northern Indiana interstate.

The mowing crew found 50-year-old Ricky L. Kimble’s body Tuesday in a grassy area along one of Interstate 94’s Portage exits.

Porter County Chief Deputy Coroner Robert Byrd says the cause of Kimble’s death is undetermined and an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Kimble was last seen Saturday and was reported missing by his family in LaPorte County.

State Police are asking anyone who may have seen Kimble between Saturday and Tuesday to contact them. Kimble was a black male with a shaved head and he was wearing brown shorts, a white tank top and was carrying a black backpack.


Statement from the Indiana State Police:

Yesterday afternoon, August 6th, at approximately 2:08 p.m., detectives from the Indiana State Police and LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department responded to I-94 east bound at the 18.1 mile marker (this is approximately one mile west of the Portage exit) about a body found in the grassy ditch located just south of I-94. A contractor from a mowing crew that is contracted by the Indiana Department of Transportation to mow the grassy areas on the interstate found the body as he mowed the area.

The deceased, identified as Ricky L. Kimble, 50 of LaPorte, was last seen Saturday. August 3rd. Family had reported him missing to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, August 6, 2013.

Family has been notified.

The autopsy was performed late this morning and the results show that Kimble died of blunt force trauma to the body.

Anyone with who may have seen Kimble walking on I-80/94 interstate from late Saturday, August 3rd evening until early Tuesday, August 6th, morning please contact Indiana State Police Detective Brian Kubiak at 219-696-6242 or LaPorte County Sheriff’s Detective Ron Heeg at 219-326-7700.

Kimble was wearing brown shorts, white tank top, tan boots, carrying a black backpack. Kimble is a black male, 6’ 1”, 258 pounds, with a shaved head.

The investigation is continuing.

Posted 8/7/2013