Man dies after driving stolen vehicle into pond in Madison County


MADISON COUNTY, Ind. — A man died after driving a stolen vehicle into a pond Tuesday in Madison County, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were called Tuesday morning to the area of the 5200 block of south CR 450 E. –southeast of Anderson.

The sheriff’s department says two men drove the vehicle into a private pond. Both men reportedly swam to the bank, but one man swam back to the submerged vehicle to retrieve unknown items. Deputies reported that he was visible but not moving when they arrived. The man was pronounced dead at the scene after rescuers pulled him from the vehicle.

Authorities have identified the deceased man as 28-year-old Matthew Villarreal and noted that he was experiencing homelessness.

The other man — age 38 — listed Indianapolis as his address, and video from a local mini mart at 6:41 a.m. shows that the two men appear to meet there, but no other connection has been verified, the sheriff’s department said.

MCSD added that the vehicle was stolen from Anderson.

Authorities say more details will be released as the investigation moves forward.

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