BOONE TOWNSHIP | The body found Monday in a ditch near Hebron has been identified as an Akron, Ind., man, according to the Porter County Sheriff's Department.
Ruben Paredes, 32, was reported missing in February to Akron police by his wife.
Paredes died of an apparent gunshot wound, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said. An autopsy was completed Tuesday.
Akron Town Marshal Tim Fleck said Parades was last seen Feb. 1, and his wife reported him missing at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 3 when she hadn't heard from him.
Fleck said his department opened a missing person's investigation.
On Feb. 5, Chicago police contacted Akron police saying they found Paredes' car abandoned on the city's South Side, Fleck said. Chicago police processed the car, but found no evidence to suggest foul play, Fleck said.
Fleck said his department checked other leads, but nothing panned out.
Now that Parades' body has been found, Fleck said the next step will be to go back to people who knew him and re-interview them.
A joint homicide investigation will be conducted by Porter County and Akron police, according to Porter County police.
The body, which police said Monday was already decomposing, was found in a ditch about 5 p.m. Monday in the area of County Roads 1000 South and 500 West by a person driving through the area, Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower said.
Anyone with information about Paredes' death or anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity recently in area where is body was found is asked to call Cmdr. Jeff Biggs at (219) 477-3141.
Anonymous tips can be called into WeTip at (800) 782-7463. WeTip offers up to a $1,000 reward for information aiding in the arrest and conviction of any suspects involved.