The Herald Bulletin

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January 8, 2014

Winter storm claims 2 lives, families grieve

ANDERSON — The harsh winter storm that passed this week through Indiana has left local families mourning for two men who died in separate weather-related incidents.

Jordan Michael Hutton, 23, and David Garrett, 66, both of Anderson, died as a result of weather-related issues over the course of the gigantic storm system, which started on Sunday night when about a foot of snow was dumped on most of the state.

Temperatures then plummeted, well below-zero for Monday and parts of Tuesday, with deadly windchill values as low as 40.

Garrett died of heart-related issues Sunday night after a vigorous afternoon and evening of clearing snow from the paths of his Anderson home. Hutton went missing at about 3 a.m. Monday after he was dropped off by a friend near his home in the 2800 block of North County Road 350 West, just north of the city. Hutton's case is still being investigated by police, but it's currently believed that for some reason he wasn't able to get back to his home and died of exposure in the deadly, gusty night conditions. His body was found near the home on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson, Hutton abandoned his car, which left the roadway, on Cross Street on Sunday night and was taken back home by police. Monday night, he was back in town again and received a ride home from a friend, who dropped Hutton off as close to his home as possible. Hutton's frozen body was discovered at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Aprile Reed, Hutton's aunt, said on Wednesday that the family was grieving the loss of the young Frankton High School graduate. She said she's unsure why Hutton didn't have a cellphone to call for help, and that investigators haven't told the family very much.

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