North Judson man found dead in vehicle
Indiana Conservation Officers were called to the Kankakee Fish & Wildlife Area to investigate a vehicle found upside down in a large ditch near the Yellow River.
Stephen Agardy, 22, of North Judson, was reported last seen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 leaving Knox. Family reported him missing and unable to contact him. Employees at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area found Agardy's vehicle flipped down a 12 foot embankment into a ditch near County Road 50 S.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. a Conservation Officer diver entered the water to check the vehicle for any persons. The diver discovered the vehicle was occupied by one person. The victim was identified as Agardy.
According to Shawn Brown, conservation officer, stated that nothing abnormal has been found so far in the case. The Starke County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy today. Preliminary findings have found no foul play, however the toxicology report has not returned from the lab, as of this writing.
Brown stated investigating officers suspected alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the case. At this time, officers are unsure of exactly what caused Agardy's vehicle to go off the roadway.
The Starke County Sheriff's Office worked with conservation officers in the investigation.
This story will be updated as more details become available.