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Marion, Ill. city sewer plant employee found dead in water storage tank

Updated: Feb. 15, 2021 at 3:46 PM CST
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MARION, Ill. (KFVS) - The circumstances around the death of a Marion sewer plant employee is under investigation.

According to the City of Marion, an employee went missing around 7 a.m. on Sunday, February 14 while conducting a normal operations inspection at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Facility on South Van Buren Street.

The city said a coworker became aware of the employee’s disappearance and immediately called emergency crews to begin a search.

At around 10 a.m., crews found and retrieved the body of Chief Wastewater Plant Operator David Williams in one of the treated water storage clarifiers.

The Illinois State Police and the Williamson County Coroner’s Office are handling the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

The city released this statement on Williams on Monday, February 15:

“David was more than just a dedicated employee, and his legacy will continue to be honored through the brotherhood and sisterhood of his co-workers and the enormous impact he had on his community through his Second Baptist Church family. David was the ultimate example of a family man. He dedicated his life to caring for his family, his work family and building a legacy that will never be forgotten. The City of Marion mourns his tragic loss alongside his family and his co-workers.”

The City of Marion thanked all rescue teams that participated in the search and recovery efforts, and especially the Marion Fire Department.

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