Cause of death released in Raccoon Lake incident


PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – UPDATE 3:40 PM: After an autopsy was performed on Terry Johnson by Dr. Kohr Tuesday, the preliminary report showed the cause of death was consistent with drowning.


UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Terry L. Johnson, 29 of Veedersburg, IN. Efforts to resuscitate Johnson were unsuccessful. An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday morning at 8:00 am at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. The autopsy will be performed by Dr. Roland Kohr.


One man is dead after a drowning in Parke County.

It happened just before 5:00 Monday afternoon at Raccoon Lake, near the Walker Boat Ramp.

Officials say two men were near the lake when one went into the water and didn’t come back up.

Eight minutes after arriving on the scene, Conservation Officers recovered a 29-year-old Veedersburg man.

When divers pulled the man out of the water, he wasn’t breathing.

EMTs attempted to resuscitate the man while in route to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

Those attempts were unsuccessful.

No names are being released at this time.

Drugs and alcohol are suspected to be a factor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language 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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