EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A body has been found in a ditch on Lynch Road near Highway 41 in Evansville. Officials identified the man as James Eugene Rich, 74, of Owensboro. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. 

Just after 7 a.m. Thursday police were told a body was found in a ditch on Lynch Road near the Comfort Inn. EPD said an employee of the Comfort Inn first reported a man lying dead in a ditch.

The 911 call has been released, you can watch it here:

Police arrive on the scene a short time later and confirm the person was Rich. No one reported missing locally matches the person’s description, and officers do not believe he was a registered guest at the hotel.

Police have spent nearly an hour taking photos and placing evidence markers near where the body has been found.

(This story was originally published on March 18, 2021)