UPDATE 9:14 AM:
(Richmond, IN)--A Richmond Sanitation Department employee was killed Wednesday afternoon. First responders, including a dive team, were sent to the Liberty Avenue plant after the employee went missing and was thought to have fallen into a wastewater tank. At 6 o’clock Wednesday night, it was being called a recovery effort. The victim’s body was eventually recovered and taken to Dayton for an autopsy. The city has taken the virtually unprecedented step of having the city attorney prepare a press release which provides no details whatsoever of the incident or the identity of the victim, and indicates that no comments will be made. One city employee, who spoke exclusively with Kicks 96 and The Point News on the condition of anonymity, has provided a few details. That person is indicating that the victim fell through a hole into a wastewater treatment tank and drowned. According to the source, the hole existed because a grate that should have been covering it was not in place. Richmond’s City Attorney has instructed every city employee to remain silent about the incident other than reading the prepared statement.