Friend of missing man: He battled depression

Courtesy: Vogan Family

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Whitley County coroner identified the body a farmer found in a field on Sunday as that of 33-year-old, Scott Vogan.

“Scott was a great father and a loving husband,” said family friend, Andrew Hogan.

Hogan was a godfather to Vogan’s child. Hogan said his friend was clinically depressed and suffered from high anxiety. He said his friend also had a back surgery that never healed properly which led him to seek pain management. Hogan said his friend was over-medicated to an “extremely high level.”

“He couldn’t move without pain,” Hogan said. “He couldn’t do the things that a normal dad could do. He couldn’t wrestle with his kids.”

Then, Hogan said Vogan suffered a series of losses in just a few years. His best friend and sister died, his mother was found dead in his living room about a year later, and then, his three-year-old son drowned during a family trip to Fox Island County Park last summer.

“Scott had really taken it hard and started to drop down into his depression to the point where he actually attempted suicide,” Hogan said.

He said after his suicide attempt, Vogan went to Parkview Behavioral Health and received help. He said that was the best condition he had seen his friend in the past five years. He said Vogan was filled with positive energy and had come to the decision to start weaning off of his pain medication. However, when he went to his local pain doctor, he found out the doctor had dropped him, forcing him to go cold-turkey with his medication.

“Nobody would help,” Hogan said. “The last appointment he had was on the morning that he disappeared…In fact, they asked him ‘Have you robbed a store to get these drugs, have you gone through extreme measures to acquire these pills?’ To which he responded ‘No, I’m not a criminal. I just need help.'”

Hogan said Vogan was never given that help or a clear reason why he was dropped as a patient. After that last appointment, Vogan went to the Meijer pharmacy he always visited. Hogan said his friend robbed the pharmacy of his normal prescription.

“He didn’t rob them blind,” Hogan said. “He just wanted what he needed, and shortly after he left Meijer was his last communication.”

Vogan sent a text to his wife at 7:10 p.m. on August 27 that read: I love you so much baby. I love you so much you have no idea.

Hogan said his friend’s death is a lesson for people to take depression seriously. He said it’s a dangerous disease and encourages people to reach out to loved ones who might be going through difficult times.

The coroner said there was no foul play involved, and no funeral arrangements have been made, yet. Vogan had a wife and three daughters.

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