Corrections Employee
Harold Edward Rice
Indiana Department of Correction
Wednesday, December 29, 1976

Age: 60
Served: 14 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, December 29, 1976
08:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
1 Park Row, Michigan City
Incident County:
LaPorte
Incident Township:
Michigan
Weapon Used:
Blunt object
Suspect Info:
Never apprehended
Burial Location:
Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City

   Corrections Employee Harold Rice was beaten to death at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

   An inmate clerk reporting for work to the institution's laundry found Corrections Employee Rice on the floor having been brutally beaten. He had been struck on the head 13 times with a blunt instrument and was taken to the infirmary where he was pronounced dead.

   The institution was placed on lockdown after the incident, but the inmates who perpetrated the attack were not found nor was the weapon used in the assault. The warden initially thought robbery may have been a motive.

   Corrections Employee Rice had served with the Indiana Department of Correction for a total of 14 years, having previously served as a correctional officer at the prison for 6½ years. He was survived by his wife.