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Man found dead in Elkhart River identified, investigation continues

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says they are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Elkhart River near his home.

Deputies and Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the area of 15902 CR 44 to investigate reports of a body found.

The victim was identified as 82-year-old Lyle Burtsfield.

His body was found around 2:30 p.m. in the water near the US33 bridge in Benton Township, according to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

The coroner's office will conduct an autopsy on Friday to determine Burtsfield's cause of death.

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