UPDATE: Coroner determines cause of death in Elkhart River body case
ELKHART, Ind. -- Police pulled a man's body out of the Elkhart River on Tuesday night behind Martin's Supermarket.
It happened around 8:50 p.m. The Elkhart Fire Department was also on the scene to assist officers with recovering the body from the river.
The body was identified as 53-year-old Charles Wolfinger.
There was an autopsy on Wednesday. The coroner said that the body was in the water for less than a day. Blunt force trauma to head and chest were determined to be the cause of death.
According to public records, Wofinger has a long history with police.
He has a criminal record dating back to 1990 and his most recent arrest was in May. He was released from police custody just 5 days before he was found dead.
Most of his arrests were for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and he was listed as homeless.
Employees at Faith Mission homeless shelter in Elkhart said Wolfinger had been in and out of the shelter for years. They said Wolfinger was a hard worker and a good man but struggled with alcohol addiction.
Elkhart Police Department said it would not comment until the coroner releases the official reports.
The case remains under investigation at this time.