ICO investigating kayaker’s death in private pond

HOLTON, IN — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a kayaker after he was recovered from a private pond in Ripley County over the weekend.

Conservation Officers were called to the 2800 block of Old Michigan Road in Holton Friday evening around 6:45 pm after it was reported a kayaker fell in the water and did not resurface.

45-year-old Braulio Bustamante of Indianapolis was recovered and taken to shore prior to conservation officers’ arrival.

Lifesaving aid was performed but unsuccessful, and Bustamante was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death has been scheduled.

Responding agencies included Indiana Conservation Officers, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, and Ripley County EMS.