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No ID yet for drowned suspect in Lodi

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LODI — Police are still working to determine the identity of a man found dead in the Black River on Sunday after fleeing from officers earlier in the morning.

Lodi police Chief Keith Keough said Monday afternoon that his office has not had additional leads to help with identification.

“We are still working on trying to identify him,” Keough said.

Keough said Lodi police are working with the Medina County Coroner’s Office to use fingerprints to identify the man.

“We are kind of hopeful that something will come up with that,” he said.

Keough said that in the event that the man’s fingerprints do not provide his identity, his description will be put into a national database of missing individuals to see if there is a match.

The Medina County Coroner’s Office said Monday that no statement or information was being made public at the time.

The man was found dead, entangled in a tree that had fallen across the east fork of the Black River after a foot pursuit with police in the early morning hours Sunday.

Keough said police received a dispatch call at about 1 a.m. regarding a man going through vehicles in the area of South Market Street.

When Lodi police and a Medina County sheriff’s deputy responded, the man took off running.

The pursuit led officers to the Lisa Court mobile home park off Medina Street, where the man went over a ledge and into Lodi Community Park, near the east fork of the Black River, Keough said previously.

Keough said the man’s remains were found at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, and the Medina County Coroner’s Office took possession of the body.

Keough said the unknown man did not have any form of identification on him, and police have made a Facebook post seeking more information.

The man was wearing black jogging pants, a long sleeve nylon shirt and black hoodie with red stripe at the time of his death, Keough said.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.


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