Body recovered near river in St. Joseph County identified as missing man

(Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

At approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, a body was recovered in the river near 11000 block of Lakshore Dr. in St. Joseph County.

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department)

Indiana Conservation Officers were on-scene and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to assist in identifying the body as Roberto Vasquez, 53, who had been reported as missing this past Thursday.

Prior to Vasquez being located, officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, and the Baugo Fire Department spend hours searching the river using sonar, underwater apparatuses and dive teams in attempts to locate him.


The Elkhart County sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 53 year old male who was reported as missing. Roberto Vazquez was last seen between 4:00 and 4:30 am on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

At approximately 6:24am on Thursday, July 13, 2017, Roberto’s abandoned vehicle was found parked on the east side of a bridge over the St Joe River on Ash Rd, north of CR 16. Since this time, officers from the Department of Natural Resources, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department have worked together and conducted several thorough searches of the river, but were unable to locate Roberto Vazquez.

Anyone with information on Roberto Vazquez and/or his whereabouts should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by leaving information on their anonymous tip line located on the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s website located at


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