WENTZVILLE, Mo. – A man died after falling into a grain bin this morning. The St. Charles County Ambulance District said that they were called to the scene along Mexico Road at around 9:15 am. The Hepperman farm is in unincorporated St. Charles County north of Wentzville.

Captain Dave Tiefenbrunn of the St. Charles County Police Department confirmed that hunters found the body of 75-year-old Paul Hepperman in the grain bin.  He was a farmer, and it was an accident.

Hepperman fell into the bin while trying to unclog it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Very big tragedy. I knew him personally, “ said Wentzville Deputy Fire Chief Michael Scott.

Authorities said over the years, Hepperman would donate grain throughout the community.

The number of grain bin deaths has been trending down since a high point in 2011. Purdue University reports that there were 35 grain bin related entrapments in 2020 and 57 percent of those incidents were fatal.