Body of missing wheelchair-bound man found in ditch

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 27, 2015) –The body of a 42-year-old wheelchair bound man was found in a water-filled ditch on the city’s southeast side Sunday morning.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police were initially called to the 7900 block of Yarmouth Way on a report of a missing person.

A search followed and an officer located the body of the missing man around 10 a.m.,  about a half mile away in the 4300 block of Ferguson Road.

Richard D. Roberts was declared dead at the scene.  Police say the death does not appear to be suspicious and described it as an unfortunate accident.

Roberts went missing sometime after midnight.   It’s not clear why he was on that section of roadway or where he was headed.

There are no sidewalks along that portion of Ferguson Road in Franklin Township.

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