Missing man found dead, lying on the bank of the Tippecanoe River

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Patrick Kelly went fishing Tuesday on the Tippecanoe River and never came home, so his family filed a police report, Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello said her deputy was told.

About 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a fisherman on the river spotted what appeared to be a dead man on the bank and called 911, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office.

Kelly, 59, was identified as the man lying on the bank of the river in the 7300 block of Tippecanoe County Road East 975 North, Costello said. She did not know what city Kelly was from. He did, however, have family in the area, she said.

Thursday's autopsy indicated no signs of trauma or foul play, Costello said. The cause and manner of death are pending the toxicology report, which might take up to six weeks.

Kelly had been fishing from a kayak, but had paddled to shore and was sitting on the bank when he died, according to the sheriff's office.

His death is not considered to be suspicious, Costello said.

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This article originally appeared on Lafayette Journal & Courier: Missing man found dead, lying on the bank of the Tippecanoe River