An unidentified man was found dead on the west bank of Hart Ditch on Sunday morning.
Munster Police Chief Steve Scheckel said police received a call around 10 a.m. that a man had been discovered in the 8500 block of Hawthorne Drive.
The banks of Hart Ditch are bramble-covered in that area, but the man apparently fell about 12 feet due to the steepness caused by erosion, Scheckel said. The ditch separates Wicker Park from the neighborhood to the west.
Scheckel said the man was middle-aged, and he had been dead for at least 24 hours. The cause of death is pending the result of a Monday autopsy, and Scheckel said local police departments are checking any recent missing persons reports to see if the man turns up.