Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Overton County Mourns Loss Of Sheriff's Deputy
The law enforcement community in Overton County is mourning the loss of a sheriff's deputy in a freak accident on Tuesday. Officials say Chad Prichard was shining his flash light into a sinkhole as part of a cold case homicide investigation when he slipped and fell some 200 feet into that sinkhole, which is located near Standing Stone State Park. Sheriff W.B. Melton had sent Prichard, another deputy and two park rangers to the area of Rocky Mountain Road just outside of the park. When they came upon the sinkhole, Prichard apparently tried to get a closer look with his flashlight, and the ground gave way. Prichard had been with the Sheriff's Office for just 2 ½ months.