18-year-old found dead on banks of White River

Posted at 3:49 PM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 12:34:55-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The body of an 18-year-old man was found Friday along the banks of the White River.

Indianapolis police officers were called just before noon to the 2600 block of North White River Parkway East Drive on a report of a person not breathing.

Officers arrived to find 18-year-old Shane Watford suffering from obvious signs of trauma.

EMS personnel arrived and pronounced Watford dead.

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Police said preliminary investigation didn't turn up evidence linking the death to any other recent discoveries along the White River.

Last month, the body of 44-year-old James Rice was pulled from the White River near New York Street.

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Police were initially only able to identify the body by a tattoo on Rice's back reading "Only God Can Judge Me."

A week later, a possible human arm was recovered from the river near 10th Street – about a mile north of where Rice's body was discovered.

The possible arm has not yet been positively identified.