Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced that his office is investigating the apparent suicide of a 57 year old male. At 5:12 PM on July 16, 2012 Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 that was transferred from Van Wert County from Steven Mox. Mr. Mox reported one of his truck drivers had apparently shot himself. Deputies were dispatched to the scene, and it appeared the male shot himself with a shotgun in the back of the property outside.
Pronounced dead at the scene was 57 year old Brian D. Cox, last known address 201 Plum Street in Willshire. Deputies were assisted on scene by Rockford Squad. The incident remains under investigation.