Claims Life of Local Resident
by: Bobby McDonald
Longtime Hopkins County resident and native, Rick Palmer, was discovered in a farm pond, on property located on HCR-4752, early Monday morning, by a neighbor, who was checking on the property. The neighbor found a truck parked nearby and thought it belonged to Palmer, and began calling his name. After, receiving no answer and spotting a dog belonging to Palmer, the neighbor began to search the property and found Palmer, located in the pond, calling the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Monday morning.
Palmer was pronounced dead a the scene, by Justice of the Peace Ronny Glossup, and sent to Dallas for an autopsy, as is the procedure. Palmer had last contact with anyone on Sunday afternoon, before making his way to the property.
"We're classifying it as an undetermined drowning, pending the return of the autopsy," stated investigating officer, Lewis Tatum. "But at this time, we suspect it was an accident."
Palmer, age 64, was a longtime banker in Sulphur Springs, a graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, and a member of a pioneer Hopkins County family.
Services are pending with Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.