The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the body of Walton "Matt" Ward on Tuesday afternoon. Ward's body was found in the White River near 64th Street and Westfield Boulevard Monday afternoon.
According to police, they are still waiting on toxicology results to determine a cause of death, but they do not suspect foul play.
Ward's mother, Julie Kvinge, reported him missing last week, after he never returned from a night out in Broad Ripple.
After identifying his body on Tuesday, Kvinge said she was too heartbroken to speak on camera. She said she was still waiting to hear what might have led up to her son's death. Kvinge said her son was a good swimmer and "lived life to the fullest", which is why she can't understand how he ended up in the water.
Last week, Kvinge told Fox59 News her son was visiting from California and planned to go on a date on October 12 with a girl he'd met on Cupid.com. She dropped him off outside Peppers Bar but never saw him again.
The owner of Peppers Bar confirmed that Ward visited the bar for nearly an hour Friday night, but he never met anyone there and left on his own.
"Something happened," said Mike Stancombe, owner of Peppers Bar. "We don't know what it was. Something made him leave here. If they were supposed to meet here, something made him leave here."
Stancombe posted a sign outside his bar on Monday saying "R.I.P. Walton "Matt" Ward. Stancombe said he took the death personally because he also lost a son. He also did what he could to help Kvinge in her search. He even drove her to the coroner's office on Monday night.
"She called me and I'm glad that she did, so I can at least help her through the hardest part," Stancombe said. "The hardest part is finding out that it is your son that's gone."
During her search, Kvinge said she spoke to employees at two other Broad Ripple bars who reported seeing her son. One man told her that he was in the bar with two "local" guys.
Kvinge received a call from her son called her at 10:30 p.m. Friday, saying he was doing fine. She never heard from him again.
At 1:30 a.m. on October 13th, there was a 911 call from the phone Ward was using, but the call only lasted for one second. Detectives traced the call back to a cell phone tower in Broad Ripple.
"And that's the last call that was made on that phone. Nothing else outgoing whatsoever," Kvinge said during an interview with Fox59 Last week.
Kvinge said she is still hoping to find out how her son ended up in the river, and she is not the only one.
"I want some answers for Julie," Stancombe said. "So she can rest a little bit. It's a long road to get through."