Body found in Wichita River is identified

Body found in Wichita River is identified

Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department have identified the body found in the Wichita River Saturday afternoon as 57-year-old James Sherman Hopkins of Wichita Falls.

Joggers were running the trails along the river when they discovered something in the water. After realizing it was the body of a deceased man the runners immediately called 911.  Shortly after the call was made detectives and scuba divers were on the scene.

WFPD is currently waiting for more information from the autopsy.

            “What they typically do is send the body off for an autopsy just to determine the cause of death and if there was any foul play involved or if it may have been natural,” said WFPD Officer Timothy Johnson.

The autopsy is being performed in Tarrant county, and police said within the next day or so there should be information regarding if there was trauma to the body or not. The full autopsy will be completed in about six weeks.

Police said this is not being investigated as a homicide at this time, but as more information into the cause of death is determined this could possibly change.

Officer Timothy Johnson said at this point he cannot confirm any other information and the investigation is ongoing.

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