GIRARD — A rural Cherokee man’s death is under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, after his body was found near a wrecked pickup truck near Girard just before noon Wednesday.

According to a release from CCSO, deputies responded to what was believed to be a possible injury wreck, near the intersection of West 570th Avenue and 120th Street in rural Girard. A 1998 Nissan Frontier pickup was found straddling the south edge of a narrow concrete bridge on private property west of the intersection. Prior to coming to rest on the bridge, the truck struck a barbed wire fence and knocked over several metal fence posts.

Upon arrival, deputies observed the driver’s side door open and blood at the scene. The door, was open above an approximately 6-to-7 foot drop to the a creek which runs under the bridge. Investigators believe the driver, later identified as Robert E. Boyer, 62, of Cherokee, dropped out of the truck, not realizing the height, and fell to the bottom of the creek on the south side of the bridge. It appears the driver became entangled in a barbed wire fence and metal fencing panel which ran parallel to the bridge, when he fell from the truck. The driver suffered several injuries from the fall as well as falling into the metal fencing, including several cuts and scrapes. It appears the driver was able to crawl up an embankment and maneuver around to the passenger side of the truck. For reasons unknown, the driver again fell into the creek on the opposite (north) side of the bridge, where investigators found him lying, in approximately 12 inches of water. Investigators believe the driver was alone at the time of the accident.

The body was sent to Frontier Forensics for an autopsy.

The investigation is continuing, pending the autopsy results.

Next of kin have been notified.

CCSO was assisted by Crawford County EMS and Sheridan Township Fire Department.