Personnel from fire departments in Sturgis and across the county are in mourning after learning Monday about the weekend passing of Ladd Carpenter, Sturgis assistant fire chief.
A 45-person search for Carpenter’s body was staged Sunday morning after the 55-year-old Sturgis Fire Department veteran failed to show up for an early shift Sunday. Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite said searchers focused their effort in and around Carpenter’s 27-acre White Pigeon Township property, as his car keys and wallet were found inside his residence.
Foul play has been ruled out by investigators.
Carpenter was a 27-year employee with the Sturgis department.