Body of Monticello man recovered from Tippecanoe River

MONTICELLO – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a Monticello man after his body was recovered from the Tippecanoe River in White County.

At approximately 6:13 p.m., White County Dispatch received a 911 call of a possible drowning that occurred just upstream from the Blue Water access site on the Tippecanoe River.

Witnesses stated they observed the victim launch his boat onto the river when it began to take on water. The victim entered the water to insert his missing drain plug. He was unable to reboard the boat and attempted to swim to shore.

While swimming, the victim disappeared underneath the surface of the water. Bystanders were able to recover the victim and provide CPR until first responders arrived on the scene.

The victim was transported to IU Health White Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An exact cause of death is pending autopsy results. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending family notification.

Assisting agencies included White County Emergency Dispatch, Monticello Fire Department, Monticello Police Department, White County Coroner’s Office.