FORT WAYNE – Authorities have identified a man whose body was found floating in the St. Marys River near the Wells Street footbridge.
Gary E. Brant, 40, drowned accidentally, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.
Fort Wayne police said a fisherman found Brant’s body in the river shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday near the 400 block of Wells Street.
City firefighters used a boat to retrieve the body, which was taken to Phillip E. O’Shaughnessy Northeast Indiana Forensic Center at St. Joseph Hospital for an autopsy, authorities said.
Along with city police and the county coroner’s office, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources investigated Brant’s death.
Conservation officer Kenny Wireman said Brant was homeless and had been staying by the river.
He was kind of living in the area there where he had a little camp, Wireman said. He was in and out of the shelters.
He said Brant’s belongings – a sleeping bag, a blanket and a change of clothes – were found near where his body was discovered.
Wireman did not know how long the body had been in the river.
A missing-person report had not been filed in Brant’s case, he said.