Youth found dead in private pond

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

RIPLEY CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A youth from Sunman, Ind. was found dead in a private pond in Ripley County Wednesday afternoon.

Indiana Conservation officers said they are investigating the death of Thomas Herring, 19, who went missing from his home Wednesday around 2 p.m.

When he was not located in the house, Thomas’ mother began looking for him including searching the woods behind the home. His father located his clothing beside a neighbor’s pond where it appeared Thomas went swimming.

ICO divers located Thomas’s body in the 8-foot pond, 10 yards from a small fishing pier at 7 p.m.

His family said Thomas was not a strong swimmer. At this time, it is unclear why he decided to enter the water.

Officers said the case remains under investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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