Kendallville man’s body discovered

March 18, 2019

A Kendallville man reported missing in February was found dead in a swampy area near where he was last seen. 

According to a news release from the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, John Slone, 42, was reported missing Feb. 14 by his mother. She said he had not been heard from since Feb. 7 and was last seen Feb. 6 at a residence in the 2300 block of Mapes Road. 

Slone was visiting a relative who lived at the Mapes Road home. The relative said that while they were getting children ready for school in the morning, Slone was outside wearing jeans, work boots and no shirt. The relative said upon returning, Slone was gone and had left his cellphone behind. Slone may have been intoxicated that morning, according to the news release. 

On Thursday, a woman, later identified as Slone’s ex-girlfriend, saw something suspicious in a flooded area behind her home and called a neighbor, who was also a relative of Slone’s. The neighbor called 911 to report the finding. 

Slone’s body was found in an area previously searched by rescue dog teams, but the area was covered in snow and ice at the time. The case remains under investigation pending autopsy results, but no foul play is suspected in Slone’s death, police said.