First Sergeant
Karl Eugene Kelley
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Friday, April 17, 1998

Age: 56
Served: 28 years
Badge #:
Military Service:
Panel 11E, Line 21
Panel L20, Line 6

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Drowned
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, April 16, 1998

Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
Williams Dam, Williams
Incident County:
Lawrence
Incident Township:
Spice Valley
Weapon Used:

Suspect Info:

Burial Location:
Pleasant Grove Cemetery,
Shelby County

   First Sergeant Karl Kelley died from injuries suffered the day before during a training exercise on the East Fork of the White River at the Williams Dam in Lawrence County.

   A boat containing two other conservation officers had overturned in turbulent waters and when First Sergeant Kelley and another conservation officer attempted a rescue, their boat capsized as well. First Sergeant Kelley was rescued after being submerged for 15 minutes and survived for 24 hours before he died from the injuries he suffered at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

   On the day of the incident, river levels were 10.2 feet at the Williams Dam gauge with flood stage at 8 feet.

   First Sergeant Kelley was survived by his wife, two daughters, son, two stepsons, parents, brother, sister, four grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.