Police find body of missing driver in Whitewater River

DEARBORN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) - Police in Indiana have identified the body of a missing driver found in Whitewater River.

The body of 54 year old James J. Kramer of Guilford was found shortly after 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on a sand bar in the Whitewater River approximately one mile downstream from the Whitewater Bridge.

According to witnesses at the scene, at approximately 5:05 a.m. on Monday a red 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck was involved in a crash involving three vehicles and a semi-truck on the Whitewater River Bridge at the 168 mile marker in Dearborn County.

Ice is said to be the cause for the pile-up.

During the subsequent investigation the driver of the red Ford F150 could not be found. The driver of the Nissan said he didn't remember seeing the driver when he came upon the original crash however, due to darkness, it would have been difficult to see anyone at that time.

Troopers attempted to make contact with the registered owner of the pickup truck at his residence in northern Dearborn County and they also searched the along the banks of the Whitewater River all day on Monday but were unable to locate a body.

The red Ford F150 is registered to Kramer and relatives say he was driving his vehicle Monday morning.

At this time it is unclear if Kramer was knocked off the bridge when his vehicle was struck by the Nissan or if he jumped in an attempt to avoid being struck by one of the vehicles. A cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy has been conducted.

The driver of a 2007 Nissan, was transported to the P.A.C. Center in Harrison by Fire and EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries following the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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