Boy, 16, found dead in manure tank near Owen identified

Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 4:48 PM CDT
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A 16-year-old boy killed this week in farm related accident has been identified as Jonas Hoover.

According to the Clark County Sheriff's Department, the Hoover was found inside a manure tank around 10 a.m. Wednesday. The incident was reported near Owen in the town of Hixon.

The initial investigation indicates that a teenager was spreading manure in a field when he stopped the tractor he was operating after emptying the manure tank he was pulling.

Investigators he was found unconscious in the tank after being inside for an unknown amount of time. It’s believed he entered the tank for maintenance issues.

The teenager was removed from the tank by members of the Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire Department. He was taken to the St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist Martha Salzwedel said working with manure can be dangerous for anyone.

"Any time you have an enclosed space with something like manure, it does produce toxic gases, and so they can cause death in anybody. Youth, adults, anybody."

The Owen-Withee–Curtiss Area Fire and Ambulance Service and Spirit Air Ambulance responded to the scene with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The Investigation is continuing by the Clark County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office.