Body found in river identified

A family member confimed the body found in the river is of Mark Miller, a Dunlap resident.
Posted on Sept. 21, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 21, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.

ELKHART — The body found in the St. Joseph River Thursday afternoon was identified by family members as that of Mark Allen Miller, 44, of Dunlap.

Charles Parker, Miller’s brother, said he confirmed last night that it was his brother’s body that was found.

Police were called around 4 p.m. near the south bank of the St. Joseph River near C.R. 17 and S.R. 120. The body was west of the Six Span Bridge.

The investigation is still ongoing, and officials have not confirmed the identity of the body. Results from the autopsy may be available later this afternoon, said Elkhart County Coroner John White.

Family had reported Miller missing since Friday, Sept. 7, when he was last seen at his tattoo shop in Dunlap.

“He can’t go 24 hours without money and he always had a watch and his cell phone, but those were at his shop, and he never goes out without those things,” Parker said.

Miller had a criminal history involving possession of narcotics and battery from 1991 to 2011 However, he had been in touch with his family and friends the last year, and had kept himself clean, said Parker. He was organized a benefit for Church Community Services and he was involved in benefits for individuals who needed financial help, Parker said.

“He cared about his friends very much and he cared about his family very much.”

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