Law-enforcement officials are investigating the death of Lawrence I. Langan, 62, of rural Pana, according to a press release issued by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office this morning, Aug. 24.
According to the department, at about 9:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, a deputy was on routine patrol and noticed a vehicle fire in a grass way between a corn and bean field just inside Rosamond Township, near the boundary with Locust Township. The field was near the intersection of 1800E and 600N Roads. It is about 5-1/2 miles northeast of Pana.
The Owaneco Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. After extinguishing the fire, Mr. Langan’s body was discovered inside the vehicle.
Initial investigation of the incident reveals that Mr. Langan’s vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, hit a culvert in the waterway causing the vehicle to crash and catch fire.
Autopsy was held on Sunday and preliminary autopsy results are pending.
The investigation is being conducted by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Coroners Office, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit, along with the Illinois State Fire Marshall’s office.
No other details were available at presstime today.