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VALPARAISO — Police have identified the deceased man found Sunday morning along a local stretch of U.S. 30 as 63-year-old Ralph Estes of Valparaiso.

Estes' body was discovered at 8:42 a.m. on the north side of the highway near the area of Linwood Avenue, according to Porter County Coroner Cynthia Dykes.

Estes was found in a ditch and appeared to have lost control of his bicycle, she said.

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Police have said there did not appear to be signs of foul play and no other vehicles were involved.

The cause of death and results of toxicology tests are pending, Dykes said.

Valparaiso police and the coroner's office continue to investigate.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.