Sheriff’s Deputies Responding to Welfare Check Finds Victim Deceased

At approximately 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, Deputies with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on North Hamilton Road for a welfare check on a man who was last seen mowing his yard.

When Deputies arrived, they observed a helmet and ear protection the man was last seen wearing floating in a pond on the property.

As Deputies approached, they also observed a lawn mower submerged in the water. Off Duty Deputy, Ben Knapp, entered the water and located a male, trapped underneath the lawn mower.

The male was identified by his wife as Harold Vice, 78, of Frankfort. Vice was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This is a tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the Vice family as they deal with the difficult days and weeks ahead. I want to commend our Deputies for their quick actions and valiant effort to locate and rescue Mr. Vice. Our Chaplains will be available to all first responders and to the victim’s family in the days ahead.” – Sheriff Rich Kelly