Body found in northeast side pond

(Photo Courtesy: Lauryn Hannah)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — UPDATE: The body has been identified as a missing Monticello man. Click here for details.

A body was found in a pond on the city’s northeast side Friday evening.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department are investigating after a man’s body was found.

The body was recovered from the water at 6:40 p.m.

The body was found at 5:11 p.m. Friday evening in the 4800 block of East 96th Street, according to IFD.

The location is near the intersection of 96th Street and Gray Road.

IMPD’s homicide division has been notified and is investigating.

Circumstances are unknown at this time.

Jeanie Sullivan, who lives near the pond, was taking her dog for a walk Friday afternoon when she first heard the sirens.

“(I) saw helicopters and my fear was that a car had driven off River Road, perhaps into the lake,” she said.

She said she often swims where the man was found.

“Last Friday a bunch of gals, we were boating, and we swam right there in that basin,” she said.

She said her main reaction after hearing the news is sadness for the family of the man who lost his life.

“You want it to not be somebody you know, but it’s somebody that somebody knows. I’m shocked,” she said.

Neighbor Dave James isn’t as surprised because he believes the water is dangerous.

“It’s a hundred feet deep and we were told when we came here, don’t go into the water unless you are a very strong swimmer, so I just stay away from it,” James said.

While police do not know the cause of the man’s death, James worries it could have been a drowning.

“I believe somebody was either swimming in the water, didn’t realize it was so deep, got tired and just couldn’t come out of the water,” he said.

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