LACON — A Toluca man and rural Lacon man both are dead after an ice-fishing accident on a pond Tuesday.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday from family members concerned about two men, Gary P. Hyatt, 68, of rural Lacon and Thomas R. Marchesi, 62, of Toluca, who had been ice fishing and had not returned home, according to a sheriff’s report.
Deputies responded to the Marchesi property about four miles southeast of Henry, which had several farm ponds, according to Marshall County sheriff Rob Russell. After some investigation, a hole was found in the ice, with no sign of either man.
“It was one of those things where two guys went fishing at about 2 o’clock and never came home for supper,” Marshall County Coroner Dave Lenz said.
Before the 911 call went out, one of the men’s sons had gone to where he thought the fishermen had been and noticed the truck but saw no one around, Lenz indicated.
Henry Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and the bodies of Hyatt and Marchesi were pulled out from under the ice, the sheriff’s office said.
Neither Lenz nor Russell could determine whether one went through the ice before the other or if they both went through at the same time.
Russell said the ice was 2-4 inches thick in some places on the small pond, which he estimated to have an area of about half an acre.
Also assisting at the scene were Lacon Fire and Rescue and Henry and Lacon-Sparland ambulance services.