¬†61 year old Rick Pertics, of Plymouth, was killed early Monday morning when his clothing got caught in a shaft connecting an engine and pump on an irrigation device in a field west of LaPaz.
Deputy Coroner Les Trump said that Pertics had told his wife that he would be tending to the irrigation equipment during the overnight hours. ¬†When his family was unable to reach him Monday morning they got concerned and went to the farm and discovered his body next to the irrigation equipment.
Deputy Coroner Trump said it was uncertain as to the exact time that Pertics actually got caught in the equipment but an autopsy conducted late Monday afternoon confirmed his death was caused by severe internal injuries.
Marshall County Coroner Bill Cleavenger attended the autopsy Monday and said final results will not be available for about six weeks. ¬†¬†La Paz Fire and EMS and the Marshall County Police Department assisted at the scene.