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Man in late teens or early 20s drowns in Baymeadows apartment complex retention pond

Officers were called to Baytree On Baymeadows Apartments around 4 a.m. A witness said they saw a person struggling in a retention pond, then go under water.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a drowning at a Baymeadows apartment complex Thursday morning.

Officers were called to Baytree On Baymeadows Apartments around 4 a.m., police said. A witness said they saw a person struggling in a retention pond on the property, then go under water.

JSO's Dive Team recovered a man's body from the pond. The victim was in his late teens or early 20s, according to JSO, and lived with other people at the apartment complex.

Police do not know why he was in the pond, but no foul play is suspected.

The witness who called 911 was inside their apartment and woke up others who went out to try to help the man, but he was under water, JSO said.

Police are now interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video to investigate the death. They are waiting on the medical examiner's report.

Anyone with information related to the drowning is asked to call JSO's non-emergency number at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also remain anonymous by calling First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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