Police identify man whose body was recovered from Fall Creek in Madison County

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PENDLETON, Ind. — The body of a 23-year-old man was found late Tuesday in Fall Creek in Pendleton in Madison County.

A friend of the victim contacted authorities shortly before 11 p.m. indicating that someone was in the water, according to investigators. When authorities arrived, they learned that Zachary Sanner, 23, had fallen into Fall Creek.

“The call came in right around 10:55 p.m. and it was just shortly after 1 a.m. when they located the individual in the water,” said Todd Harmeson with Madison County EMA.

Sanner was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was underwater and entangled in a tree when search teams found him.

Sanner had been with a group of people prior to the incident, according to police. Investigators say it is unknown what circumstances are involved, including whether alcohol may have played a factor. A juvenile at the scene told police that Sanner had been “acting in a suspicious manner” before he fell.

Authorities from both Madison and Hamilton counties worked together during the search effort. At one point, there were four boats looking for the man.

“It was a great collaborative effort between agencies from across borders of Madison County and Hamilton County,” Harmeson said. “We had flooding last week, Fall Creek is moving quite rapidly still. It’s below flood stage, but certainly individuals get into flooded waters and the current very likely could have had an impact in this incident.”

Investigators said they don’t expect foul play in connection with Sanner’s death. The case remains under investigation and an autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

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