MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities found the body of a missing Mishawaka man in the St. Joseph River near a dead dog that belonged to a woman who disappeared from South Bend.

Thomas Miller, 48, had not been seen for more than four months when his body was found Tuesday. He and his car were reported missing Nov. 7. The car still has not been found.

“It could have been anywhere from South Bend to Florida,” Mishawaka Assistant Police Chief Michael Samp said. “Now we’re thinking he may have parked the car and walked down to the river.”

Family members said the last contact anyone had with him was Nov. 5, and that he may have been suffering from depression when he vanished.

Police said an autopsy showed no signs of foul play, and investigators did not know when he might have gone into the river.

Firefighters found the body of a small dog nearby shortly before Miller’s body was found. The dog had no sign of trauma, said South Bend police Capt. Phil Trent. Police said the dog was a cocker spaniel mix that belonged to Vivian Borysiak, who has been missing from her South Bend home since Feb. 3.

Police initially thought the body might have been the woman’s, but it was identified Wednesday as that of Miller. Crews in boats searched the river for about three hours Wednesday afternoon, looking for Borysiak.

“We hope we don’t encounter any more surprises,” South Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Damiano said. “(The other body) was a total surprise to us.”

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