Body recovered from north side retention pond

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INDIANAPOLIS – Detectives pulled a body out of a retention pond Thursday morning after a lawn maintenance crew spotted a man in the water.

Authorities said Michael Hoffman, 57, was found in the pond after 10 a.m. on Thursday. Hoffman had several health issues, including Parkinson’s and a form of dementia. Hoffman lived with two of his brothers at the Carlyle Apartments. His body was found behind the apartment complex. It was not unusual for people to see him wandering around his neighborhood.

“I stayed up all night waiting for him to come back and he never came back,” Jeffrey Hoffman said.

Hoffman’s brothers, Jeffrey and Jerry Hoffman, said Michael enjoyed walking at night because he was sensitive about his health problems.

“I think he just forgot and he was trying to find his way home and maybe he thought we lived on the other side of that little lake or pond and tried to cross it. I have no idea. I have no idea,” Jeffrey Hoffman said.

Authorities said they did not suspect foul play.

“He’s going to be missed. Let’s just say that. He was a real kind heart. (He was a) gentle soul,” Jerry Hoffman said.