Drowning victim identified

Emergency medical crews and dive teams work with locals at the scene of a drowning in Hortense on Tuesday.
Emergency medical crews and dive teams work with locals at the scene of a drowning in Hortense on Tuesday.

The Enterprise has confirmed that a man drowned in a private pond off of Duck Pond Road Tuesday afternoon in the Hortense community.

Emergency crews and a dive team were dispatched to the scene in an effort to find Gregory Wallace, 51, who did not resurface while swimming at the pond at about 3 p.m.

The team found Wallace’s body several minutes later submerged according to Sheriff’s Office investigator and spokesman Craig Pitman.

Pittman said he was unable to confirm on-scene reports to the Enterprise that Wallace may have gotten caught on roots or other debris underneath the water. But he did say that he could have jumped into an area he thought was more shallow than it actually was.  Pittman also told the Enterprise that the body would be transported to the crime lab on the request of the coroner.

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