PORTAGE | The man whose body was found along Interstate 94 by mowing crews Tuesday afternoon had been struck by a vehicle.
An autopsy performed Wednesday at the Lake County coroner's office determined Ricky Kimble, 50, of LaPorte, died of massive blunt force traumatic injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle, said Porter County Deputy Coroner Robert Byrd.
Whether Kimble's death could be ruled an accident or vehicular homicide remains open, said Byrd.
ISP Detective Brian Kubiak said they are continuing to handle the incident as a death investigation.
His office and the Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate what happened to Kimble between the last time he spoke with someone on Saturday morning until his body was found Tuesday afternoon.
LaPorte County sheriff's police Maj. John Boyd said in an email Wednesday that Kimble had been reported missing at about 2:25 p.m. Monday by his ex-girlfriend who told police she had not heard from him since 1 a.m. Saturday when she spoke to Kimble on the telephone.
The woman told police Kimble was at his cousin's home in Blue Island, Ill., and was headed to work. Kimble was a truck driver, according to Boyd, adding the truck he had been assigned was parked in South Bend.
A mowing crew working along Interstate 94 on Tuesday discovered the body. Kimble was pronounced dead at 2:19 p.m. by the Porter County coroner's office.
Kimble's body was found by mowing contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation on the south side of the road — along the eastbound lanes — in the area of the 18-mile marker.
Police said he could have been walking along I-80/94.
Kimble was wearing brown shorts, a white tank top, tan boots and was carrying a black backpack. He was 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighed 258 pounds and had a shaved head.
Anyone with information about Kimble's whereabouts between Saturday to Tuesday is asked to call Kubiak at (219) 696-6242, the Porter County coroner's office at (219) 548-0208 or Detective Ron Heeg at the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office at (219) 326-7700 .