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JSO: Teenager's body found in UNF retention pond, no foul play suspected

JSO did not identify the teen but said he was not a student at UNF.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a teenager's death after a dive team recovered his body from a retention pond on the campus of the University of North Florida, according to the JSO.

At about 6 p.m., several people walking in the 4800 block of Kernan Boulevard on the UNF campus noticed a body in a nearby retention pond, JSO said. 

Both officers from the JSO and UNF Police Department responded to the scene. A JSO dive team recovered the body, which was identified as a teenage boy, police said. JSO did not identify the teen but said he was not a student.

While the cause of death remains unknown, police do not suspect foul play. The medical examiner is working to determine the cause of the teenager's death.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

UNF released the following statement regarding the incident: 

"Earlier this evening, the University Police Department and Jacksonville Sherriff's Office investigated a report of a body floating in a retention pond next to Alumni Hall.

"Divers were able to recover the body of a deceased individual. There were no signs of bodily injury and there is no threat to the University community.

"Although we cannot release the identity at this time, we have verified that the person is not affiliated with UNF.

"Please note, UNF's Counseling Center provides crisis support by phone to current students 24-hours a day / 7-days a week. To speak with a counselor by phone, please call 904-620-2602 and select option 2.

"For more information about the crisis helpline and other crisis resources, please visit the Counseling Center's Emergency Services page at 


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