Clues sought in man’s death in pond


GREENFIELD — The city’s police department and county coroner’s office are investigating the death of a 61-year-old man found dead in a retention pond near his partially submerged truck Wednesday evening.

Officers with the Greenfield Police Department responded to a vehicle discovered in a retention pond south of the 1500 block of Springhurst Boulevard at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to GPD Capt. Chuck McMichael.

A GPD news release says officers found a person face down in the water, whom they pulled out before he was pronounced dead by paramedics with the Greenfield Fire Territory. No one else was located in the vehicle or in the water.

McMichael said the man, whose name was not released, was found outside the truck. He added the man and the truck were in the water for possibly an hour, but that the duration remained under investigation.

Anyone living in the area with surveillance cameras is encouraged to share any video they may have from Wednesday afternoon of a dark-colored Ford pickup truck with GPD Detective Nichole Gilbert, who can be reached at 317-325-1221.

“This footage may help detectives piece together what happened and provide closure for family and friends,” the news release states.

Nick Jaussaud, Hancock County chief deputy coroner, said an autopsy was underway Thursday morning, July 2, and that the man’s identity would likely be able to be released in the next day or two. He added cause of death would be finalized in three to four weeks, after toxicology results are return returned.

The Greenfield Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Greenfield Fire Territory, Hancock County Coroner’s Office, conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Inman’s Towing.