BREAKING NEWS|Coroner Confirms One Person Dead Following A Drowning At Martha’s Falls


A 39 year old Illinois man is dead following what the Coroner’s Office says is a tragic accident at Martha’s Falls near Little River Canyon.

According to Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton, 39 year old Josh William Grunder of Tampico, Illinois was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Sunday after he jumped from a rock, resurfaced and then went back under the water and did not resurface.

Deaton said he wished to express his thanks to Deputy Coroner’s Jeff Walsh and Dakota Lambert for the efforts in helping to recover the victim from the water. Rescue units and paramedics from DeKalb County also responded to the scene.

Deaton said that foul play is not suspected and that neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor either. The case is under investigation by the Coroner’s Office.


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