[Update] Body Found in Local Drainage Pond
The search continued on Tuesday for a man who was believed to have drowned on Sunday, May 20. His body was found just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
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A body has been pulled from a nearby drainage pond, in the Exeter community, following reports that a man had been seen and heard yelling for help from the water early Sunday morning.
Investigators found the body just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday shortly after enlisting the assistance of a cadaver dog. At this time, the preliminary identification of the body is Emerson Aldron Ramirez Edejer, a 20-year-old man, who was reported missing by family members early Sunday evening.
Exeter resident Deanna Verdonkschot watched as police continued their investigation. She was one of two neighbors who heard his cry for help early Sunday.
"I was inside my house and I heard him yelling and I thought 'Oh, teenage kids',” Verdonkschot said, who has seen people fishing and hanging out around the pond in the past.
“I ran out the front door to get a better look, ran around the back and saw my neighbor with a cell phone calling 911," she said. "I looked out in the water and I saw the person. I just kept visual.”
Verdonkschot said one of her neighbor’s tried to find and reach the person who was in distress. She described the victim as a young Hispanic male who was submerged up to his neck with water.
“He was about halfway from land to the water fountain. His head was tilted back and his mouth was open,” she said. “By the time I got visual on him I would say about three more helps and he went under.”