Vermilion County officials are investigating the death of a local man who was found dead in his vehicle Monday night east of Rossville.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the sheriff's department got a call about a vehicle in a ditch on a rural road east of Rossville Monday night. When deputies arrived, they found the man deceased in the driver's seat.

He said no foul play is suspected, and the man didn't appear to have injuries from the vehicle going into the ditch. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death, said Hartshorn, who added that it appears from their investigation that the man had become confused, was on the wrong road and was trying to turn around when his vehicle went into the ditch.


He said the man was able to call his family, tell them where he was and ask them to come get him. While family members were en route, the driver of a passing vehicle saw the car in the ditch, called 911 and gave the exact location to the sheriff's department.

The Vermilion County coroner's office has not yet released the name of the man, pending notification of relatives.

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