DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of a man found Monday inside a tote at Alum Creek Lake State Park.

Timothy Robert Marcum

The sheriff’s office said the body has been identified as Timothy Robert Marcum, 37, of Columbus. The sheriff’s office said the initial investigation showed the cause of death as a gunshot wound. A final autopsy report won’t be completed for several weeks.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded around 8:30 a.m. after a kayaker at Alum Creek Lake State Park said he came across a plastic tote in the water with a human leg sticking out of it.

Hours later, the tote was recovered and a full body was found inside.

The sheriff’s office said Marcum’s body was identified by fingerprints.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office at 740-833-2830 or email

“We extend our condolences to the family and commit our energy and full resources to solve this case,” said Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin in a statement.