Coroner’s office identifies victim in drowning at private lake

A local man drowned while attempting to clear an overflow pipe at a private lake in southwestern Bartholomew County.

Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting identified the victim as Lloyd Grimm, 80, who was reported missing at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area, private property where Grimm and his wife lived, and found him in high water near the lake’s dam, said Deputy Coroner Jay Frederick.

Nolting said it appeared Grimm was clearing debris from an overflow pipe in the lake’s dam when the drowning occurred. Grimm would go to the area along the lake nearly every day to clear debris from the pipe, Nolting said.

Investigators were at the scene of the drowning overnight working to remove Grimm from the area of the 12-inch overflow pipe where his body was found, the coroner’s office said.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s Republic.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.