Man ID’d in death investigation underway in Vigo County


VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The Vigo County Coroner’s Office has identified the man discovered in the water on Saturday.

The individual has been identified as Richard M. Patterson, 32, of Terre Haute.

Indiana State Police said the autopsy was performed at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

His family has been notified.

On June 12, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department reports responding to a disabled vehicle on Riley Road.  Sheriff’s deputies discovered that the vehicle was stolen from a nearby home and that Patterson was in possession of the vehicle. 

Deputies report placing Patterson under arrest, handcuffing him and placing him in a patrol car. While deputies processed the crime scene, Patterson, still handcuffed, escaped from the patrol car. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department along with the assistance of Terre Haute Police K-9s conducted an extensive search and was unable to locate Patterson.  

On Saturday, an area resident saw an object located in a body of water and immediately called 911.  Emergency personnel said they then retrieved Patterson’s body from the water.  

This incident is still under investigation.

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