CHICAGO (CBS) — A man found dead in rural LaPorte County, Indiana had been reported missing in Chicago back in December – and his death is being treated as a homicide.

Around 10 a.m. Friday, LaPorte County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 4300 South bock of CR 800 East in rural Lincoln Township for a body in the water.

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A body was found, and on Saturday morning, the man who was found dead was identified as Joseph Clopton, 47.

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Joseph Clopton

Joseph Clopton was last seen in West Englewood on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Credit: Chicago Police)

Clopton had last been seen Monday, Dec. 16, in the 6600 block of South Justine Street in West Englewood, and was reported missing three days later.

A forensic autopsy was conducted on Clopton’s body Monday morning and his death is being treated as a homicide.

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LaPorte County Sheriff’s detectives continued to investigate Monday, aided by the LaPorte County Coroner’s office and Chicago Police.