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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A call of a possible drowning leads to the recovery of a body and a death investigation in Highview.
LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says two men were reportedly fishing Monday afternoon in a pond behind a Speedway gas station when one entered the water and did not resurface.
Dozens of onlookers, included family friends, relatives and church members of the man believed to be the victim gathered around the pond. Members of LMPD's dive team searched for three hours before recovering the body just after 5 p.m. in a pond near the 7300 block of Watterson Trail near Fegenbush Lane.
Mitchell said there was a delay between the time the man entered the water and the time authorities were notified of the incident.
"I'm not sure if one of those individuals got scared or something when the man didn't come back up - but there was some delay from the time he went in to the time we were called," LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell told reporters.
The deceased man's identity was not released. But family friends say the man was homeless and lived in a former concession stand at the nearby Victory Baptist Church, according to Rev. Gardiner Gentry.
"He was a very educated person, very educated person. But had some very downturns in life. Some tragedies in life," Gentry said. "We came as quickly as we could come to be an encouragement to the family and the friends."
Police say they pulled a while man from the water who appeared to be in his fifties.
Jim Aaron, who described himself as a close friend of the victim, said the man came to church often, and was a nice man who cared for himself and others.
"It's very sad. He was a good individual. He was good to people. He's like all of us. We just try to survive day to day," Aaron said.
Family friends were at the scene and described the situation as "a man who was down on his luck."
The reason the man fell into the water is still unknown at this time.