Homicide Investigation Underway After Bodies are Found in a Manhole


The discovery of two bodies at the bottom of a manhole in South Bend yesterday, has now lead to a homicide investigation.

Today, the St. Jospeh County Coroner ruled the manner of death was homicide, meaning a person was killed by another.

That means passing on alternate manners of death like accidental, natural, and suicide.

One victim is identified as 40-year- old Michael Nolen, Junior of South Bend.

The other is 56-year-old Michael Lawson, also of South Bend.

Police are not releasing a specific cause of death for either man.

Nolen had earlier been reported missing by family members.


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