Sunman Teen’s Body Located In Pond

Posted On May 01, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Sunman, Ind.) – Southeast Indiana has maybe seen its fourth drowning to occur this spring.

The family of 19-year-old Thomas Herring, of Sunman, notice him missing from the home at around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. They began to search for Herring.

His father found his clothing laying on the ground next to a nearby private pond. Herring’s body was found in about eight feet of water about 10 yards from a small fishing pier at around 7:00 p.m.

“Thomas was not a strong swimmer. It is unclear why he decided to enter the water,” said Conservation Officer Angela Goldman.

The possible drowning remains under investigation Thursday by Indiana Conservation Officers. Assisting agencies include Sunman Police Department, Ripley County Sheriff Department, Ripley County EMS and Sunman Fire Department.

Conservation officers did not say whether Herring’s cause of death was drowning. If it is determined to be so, it would be the fourth drowning in Dearborn and Ripley counties in less than a month. A woman suffering from dementia drowned in a pond on Dutch Hollow Road near Aurora on April 2. On April 8, twin two-year-old girls drowned after sneaking out of their home – also on Dutch Hollow Road – and falling into a neighbor’s water-filled swimming pool cover.