Deputy Sheriff Chad Prichard Overton County Sheriff’s Office Tennessee

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Deputy Sheriff Chad Prichard
Overton County Sheriff’s Office
Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 2 months, 2 weeks
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Fall
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Chard Prichard died when he fell into a sinkhole just outside of Standing Stone State Park.
He, another deputy, and two state park rangers, were investigating a cold case homicide in the area of Rocky Mountain Road when they came across the sinkhole. As Deputy Prichard attempted to get a closer look with his flashlight, the ground around the sinkhole gave way and he fell approximately 160-feet to the bottom.
Rescue personnel responded to the scene and recovered his body several hours later.
Deputy Prichard had served as a deputy for only 2 1/2 months. He had previously served in the Overton County Jail. He is survived by his wife.

Agency Contact Information
Overton County Sheriff’s Office
1010 John T. Poindexter Drive
Livingston, TN 38570
Phone: (931) 823-5635

www.ucdailynews.com

An Overton County Sheriff’s deputy has died after falling into a sinkhole near Hilham, about 9 miles west of Livingston, Tennessee–several miles north of Cookeville–this on Tuesday, April 6, at around 11:00 A.M.

The Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton sent Deputy Chad Prichard, another deputy and two park rangers to work on a cold case homicide in the area of Rocky Mountain Road just outside of StandingStoneState Park.

While searching the area, they came upon a sinkhole. When Prichard tried to get a closer look with his flashlight, the ground gave way and he fell to the bottom of the sinkhole. Park rangers estimated the hole to be 161-feet deep.

The other deputy and park rangers called to Prichard, but got no response.

Fire and rescue crews responded to the area. Officials said as crews worked, it became clear that Prichard did not survive the fall.

It took crews several hours to recover Prichard’s body.

Prichard had been with the Sheriff’s Office for just 2 ½ months. Sheriff Melton said the new deputy had a bright future in front of him.

"He just got out of the academy and I felt like he was going to be top-notch," said Melton.

He had served in the military and Overton County Jail before being hired as a deputy.

Officials said Prichard was from Ohio, but moved to the area for his wife, who is from the area. Deputies on scene did not know if he had any children.

Details of the cold case the deputies were working on were not released.

Pritchard, who was recently married, had served in Iraq

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