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Deputies: Son finds father's body in pond

3:30 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The body of an elderly man was pulled from a retention pond early Monday morning.

The man's body was found at the Fairways Mobile Home Park near East Colonial Drive and State Road 408.

Crime scene detectives are investigating the case, but investigators said no foul play is suspected.

It is believed that the 70-year-old man was walking his dog Mozart and may have tripped over a high embankment into the pond.

The man's wife said her husband had dementia and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

According to officials, the man's son noticed his dad had gone missing overnight and went searching for him when he found him face down in the retention pond.

After firefighters pulled him from the water, they pronounced him dead.

"His family unfortunately located him back there [in the pond] after looking for him for two hours," said Orange County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Alexander Greenberg.

Neighbors who live in the community are shocked.

"He's a good friend. I've known him all my life, since I've lived here. And we're hurt," said Almus Edmonson.

Barbara Sievert called her neighbor a wonderful man.

"I'm a schoolteacher, and last night, he said, 'Good luck going back to school, so he was very kind and thoughtful and had a gentle, gentle heart," said Sievert.

The elderly man has not been identified.

WESH-TV

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