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Conservation officers investigate death of fisherman


Indiana Conservation Officer Corporal Erick Bolt is investigating the death of an apparent fisherman found floating in the Pigeon River near Nasby Dam in LaGrange County.

Shortly before noon on May 12, canoers traveling down the Pigeon River noticed a body floating in the water along the edge of the river and called 911.

When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, a deceased male subject wearing chest waders was found floating in approximately three feet of water just west of the Nasby Dam. The deceased male was pulled from the water and identified as Thomas Harmeyer, 60, of Ft. Wayne.

 Due to the fact Harmeyer was wearing chest waders and other fishing equipment was located nearby, it is believed he was fishing at the time of his death.

As a result of the autopsy performed on Harmeyer Sunday in Ft. Wayne, it was determined that he died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. These injuries were determined to be consistent with injuries resulting from a fall.

 Other agencies assisting at the scene of the incident were the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, LaGrange Fire Department and LaGrange City Police Department.