On Sunday, June 25th, 2017, at 12:20 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office and Palo Alto County Ambulance Service were dispatched to an unresponsive 16 year old male laying in the road in the 600 block of North Walnut, Graettinger. The Palo Alto County Ambulance transported the male, Noah M. Flaherty, from Graettinger, to the Palo Alto County Hospital while resuscitation efforts were administered. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and Flaherty was pronounced dead at the Palo Alto County Hospital.

Initial reports received indicate Flaherty had falled from the rear of a vehicle while it was in motion. The specific circumstances and cause of death of Flaherty is being investigated by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.