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Election debacle, battle over police in schools, closing of law school mark Porter County's 2018

The former Anco property in Valparaiso is shown.

VALPARAISO — Officials say 26-year-old Zachary Taylor appears to have fallen to his death from the former ANCO factory water tower at 360 S. Campbell St.

An autopsy revealed the young Valparaiso man died of blunt force trauma, Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris announced Tuesday morning.

The results of toxicology tests are expected back in two weeks, Harris said.

Valparaiso police discovered the body at 2:40 p.m. Sunday after responding to reports of a man down in the area in question.

"Upon arrival, a male subject was located, deceased, in the south parking lot of the structure," police said. "There were no obvious signs of foul play; however, the incident remains under investigation."

The investigation is being carried out by the coroner's office and police.


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.