Sheriff: Man found during welfare check went missing after car chase 6 days earlier

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office has identified the person who was found dead during a welfare check late last week, and he allegedly led police on a vehicle pursuit six days earlier, before police found his car abandoned and were unable to locate him.

Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, police were dispatched for a welfare check in the 15200 block of County Road 52 and found a person dead near a residence. After discovering the body, the Elkhart County Homicide Unit began an investigation.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office has now identified the person who was found dead as 28-year-old Myles Owens, of Cromwell. The Elkhart County Coroner's Office has preliminarily ruled that Owens' death was accidental.

Six days before he was found dead, Owens allegedly led police on a car chase around 3:12 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Sheriff's deputies tried to stop him for speeding but lost sight of his car, later finding it abandoned in a field. When police were unable to find Owens, their suspect, the vehicle was impounded.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office reportedly reached out to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, Feb. 13, because Owens had been reported missing. Officers then returned to the area Owens' vehicle was found and searched for him, using an aerial drone and searching a pond with an unmanned underwater vehicle, but they still were unable to find him.

Finally, on Friday, police were called for the welfare check and discovered Owens.

The Elkhart County Homicide Unit continues to investigate the situation.