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Valpo law professor's autopsy was inconclusive, coroner says; Toxicology pending

Valpo law professor's autopsy was inconclusive, coroner says; Toxicology pending


VALPARAISO — An autopsy was inconclusive in determining a cause of death for Valparaiso Law School professor David Welter, who was found dead Monday morning alongside Bullseye Lake Road on the north side of the city.

The Porter County coroner's office confirmed the autopsy was performed Wednesday. A final cause of death is pending toxicology, the coroner's office said. 

No foul play is suspected in the 59-year-old's death. Authorities have otherwise remained tight-lipped about details surrounding the case.

Welter, who also served on the Porter County Board of Elections and Registration, was found about 7:40 a.m. Monday just a short distance west of Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso Police Sgt. Joe Hall has said.

When police and medical personnel arrived, Welter was confirmed dead.

Police had the section of Bullseye Lake Road in question shut down Monday morning and had strung yellow crime scene tape up in an area along the south side of the road.

"We're just saddened by the unexpected news," said Porter County Clerk Jessica Bailey, a fellow Democrat serving with Welter on the election board.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, Valparaiso University said, "We would like to express our deepest condolences to Professor Welter’s wife, Alissa Kohlhoff, his three daughters, and to his family, friends, colleagues, students, staff and others who mourn the loss of this special person."

Welter had recently celebrated 25 years as a faculty member at the School of Law, where he worked in the criminal law clinic since 1994, the university said.

When Welter joined the election board in March, he told The Times of his overall desire to address challenges and solve problems.

"My family moved here in 1972 from the South Side of Chicago. I fell in love with this county," Welter said.

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North Lake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. Contact her at or 219-933-3206.

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