Monday morning, a worried father notified police his 18-year-old son was missing. Tuesday afternoon, the worst was confirmed: Gregory Scott Dickison was killed in a one-vehicle accident.
The 5-feet-11-inches tall, blonde hair, blue-eyes youth left a friend's house near "Lake in the Woods" south of Brazil around 4 a.m. Monday.
"Everyone assumed he was going home," Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter said. But, after a few hours, Dickison's family began to worry. His father, Randall S. Dickison notified police, who quickly began looking for the blue 1993 Jeep Dickison was last seen driving. He was reportedly mentally challenged.
At 9 p.m. Monday, Dickison was declared a missing person. When daylight hit Tuesday morning, additional officers joined in the search. Two airplanes, one from the Clay County Sheriff's Department and another from the Indiana State Police Department searched the surrounding areas.
At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, a family member noticed tire marks veering off SR59 toward a lake near Carbon, Ind., at CR 1400N near CR 200W. The Jeep's spare tire was located. Indiana State Police and conservation officer divers were called to the scene and that's where Dickison was found with the Jeep at 3 p.m.
"It appears to be an accident," Carter said. "He drove off the road and into a lake." He acknowledged rumors circulating that Dickison might have left the friend's house because of an argument, but he said the details are unclear at this time. More information will be available after the investigation gets underway and the autopsy is completed today.
"It's unfortunate what happened, it's very unfortunate," Carter said.
Dickison was a student at Northview High School. School officials plan to help students cope with the death of their classmate.
Arrangements are pending at French Funeral Home.