Body taken from Lake Winona identified as a man from Warsaw

WINONA LAKE, Ind. (WANE) – The body of a Warsaw man has been pulled from Lake Winona, more than two hours after police were called to a “distressed” man in the water.

The ordeal began around 8:33 a.m. when Warsaw police were called to the Walgreens at 2400 E. Center St. in Warsaw for a welfare check, according to a Warsaw Police Department report. Police learned that a red-haired man was yelling at passing motorists.

Officers arrived but did not find the man.

About an hour later, Winona Lake police were called to a red-haired man who was “screaming and looking distressed” in the water of Lake Winona, just off the beach and pier on along Park Avenue, according to the release.

Officers arrived and boarded a civilian boat to search the area, but conditions were foggy and visibility was difficult, police said.

The Warsaw dive team was called in with divers and a boat from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.

Divers eventually found a body at the bottom of the lake, in 6 1/2 feet of water, police said.

The victim was pulled to shore. He was positively identified from tattoos as Anthony Steven Milton, 25, from Warsaw. Police said he matched the description given in both calls for service.

Warsaw police said the incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information has been asked to call the Winona Lake Police Department at (574) 267-8622.

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