Man who died in Darke County grain bin identified

A man has died in Arcanum after falling into a grain silo (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).
A man has died in Arcanum after falling into a grain silo (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus).

ARCANUM, Ohio (WDTN) – The Darke County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man who died inside a grain bin near Arcanum Monday. A man fell into a grain silo and died near Arcanum, according to Darke County dispatchers.

Sergeant Shawn Trissel from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office told 2 NEWS Monday they received the call around 1 p.m. Monday.

Trissel said 75-year-old Gary Brown died inside the grain bin and remained there until emergency crews arrived. Trissel said there was grain inside the bin at the time.

The cause of death is not known at this time and the investigation is being handled by the Darke County Coroner’s Office. Brown was in the process of transferring grain from one bin to another, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Trissel said they do not yet know if Brown fell into the bin or if he was inside and got stuck. “Once you get in there it’s like quicksand, you can sink very quick in there,” Trissel said.

Brown was a farmer most of his life and this happened on his farm in the 8200 block of State Route 722, according to Trissel.

It took emergency crews about three and a half hours to recover Brown’s body from the grain bin.

Dave Hofacker, the Assistant Chief for the Pitsburg Fire Department said the grain bin was about a quarter of the way full at the time.
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