Man drowns after tractor flips

HERNANDO — DeSoto County authorities are investigating the death of a 78-year-old man killed while bush hogging around a pond on his property.

DeSoto County Coroner Jeff Pounders said Lucius Dobbins Jr. drowned sometime Thursday afternoon after his tractor overturned and pinned him beneath the water.

Dobbins’ tractor was found overturned in several feet of water at around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to take a missing persons report from Dobbins’ family.

A wrecker was needed to right the tractor, allowing for the recovery of Dobbins’ body.

Pounders said no autopsy is scheduled in the case as no foul play is suspected.

The Associated Press