News Release

Death investigation 424-19 1/21/19

Nature of Incident:

Death Investigation

Incident #:


Date & Time:

01/21/2019 at approximately 1130 hours


08000 Blk of County Road 215


22 year old male from Wimauma, Florida

Critical Condition:

22 year old male from Wimauma, Florida


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports deputies responded to the 8000 Block of County Road 215 in Grand Junction. Deputies were called to the area for two males who appeared to be sleeping in their car. Deputies responded and found a 22 year old male in the drivers seat deceased. The passenger was found unresponsive but still breathing. The passenger was transported by Bronson Air Care to Bronson Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Deputies believe that the 2 male subjects from Florida were in the area visiting friends and drove into a field where the vehicle they were driving became stuck. The two appeared to try and get the vehicle unstuck from the field but were unsuccessful. While deputies are still waiting for the medical examiners report it is believed that the extreme cold played a factor in the death.

Deputies are not sure why help was not sought or why the 2 subjects did not walk for help but it is believed alcohol played a role in this factor. Once a complete investigation is done the Sheriffs office will release more information and the names of both subjects involved.

Investigating Deputies:

Deputy Jason Erickson

Deputy Paul Graham

Sgt Casey Davis

Assisting agencies:

Pride EMS

Bronson Air Care

Columbia Fire and Quick Response

Supervisor Contact:

Lt. Jim Charon

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.

Jim Charon