Harcourt man ID’d as grain bin victim

DAYTON – A man who died Tuesday after falling into a grain bin northwest of Dayton has been identified as Brandon T. Mullen.

Mullen, 30, of Harcourt, was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon at 3442 Oak Ave. in Dayton, where he had been emptying corn from the bin.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release saying Mullen, Jason E. Bair and property owner Steven Grettenberg were working on emptying the grain bin Tuesday. After the men lost contact with Mullen, they called 911 at 1:49 p.m.

Webster County Chief Deputy Rod Strait said rescuers and firefighters from Dayton, Gowrie and Stratford, as well as a Trinity Regional Medical Center ambulance and Webster County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call.

Firefighters used power saws to cut open the sides of the bin in order to empty the grain and make it easier for them to reach Mullen.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mullen’s body was removed from the grain bin around 2:45 p.m., and Dr. Dan Cole, Webster County medical examiner, arrived on the scene shortly after 3:30 p.m.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of Mullen’s death.