A Sulphur Springs man was found Monday floating in a pond in Saddle Ridge edition, where he was thought to have drowned.
Rick Palmer, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
Although no foul play was suspected based on the sheriff’s investigation at the location, Glossup had the body sent to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, as is standard procedure in such undetermined deaths.
Sheriff’s dispatchers were first alerted something was amiss at 9:42 a.m. Monday by a County Road 4752 resident, who reported seeing something in the middle of the pond which could possibly be a person. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the pond, located north of CR 4752 and south of CR 4759. Upon arrival, a deputy reported finding a person motionless, floating face down in the pond.
Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel were called to the scene, along with sheriff’s investigators. The man’s dog was reported to have waited near the man until officers arrived, then went to them and barked to get their attention before returning to him, one sheriff’s officer noted. The person was pulled out of the pond by sheriff’s officers. EMS checked him over, but his condition was to the point they could not assist him. The deceased was identified as Rick Palmer of Sulphur Springs.
“At this time, the death is ruled undetermined. It appears to be accidental. The judge has ordered an autopsy. We’re waiting on their findings,” Lewis Tatum, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday. Palmer does not live at or near the location, but some of his belongings were found nearby.
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