ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — Elmira Police on Wednesday released the identity of the man found dead underneath the Walnut Street bridge last week.

Police have identified Christopher C. Wheeler, 42, of Steuben County, as being the man who was found dead under the Walnut Street bridge on Friday, Sept. 1.

Police say that Wheeler’s family has been notified and that the investigation is ongoing with no further details being released at this time.

18 News checked with Catholic Charities, an organization that helps house and feed the homeless, to see if Mr. Wheeler had used its services or was known to the staff. Due to privacy reasons, Catholic Charities said it cannot release any information about people who receive its services.


On Friday, a large police presence blocked a portion of the Walnut Street bridge as they investigated a body that was found underneath.

Police were there for hours as they determined that Wheeler had been living under the bridge for some time and that there was no reason to suspect foul play was involved.