Police lack leads in drowning


GREENFIELD — Police say they have few leads in the drowning investigation of a young New Palestine man found floating in a retention pond late Monday.

Zachary Wood, 22, was pulled from the water shortly before 10 p.m. by his father, who found him in the pond behind New Palestine United Methodist Church in the 3500 block of South CR 500W.

Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene performed CPR on Wood, who was then transported to Hancock Regional Hospital, but Wood could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the hospital of an apparent drowning.

Wood’s father told police the family had dinner together earlier in the evening, and Wood seemed fine. He told his family he planned to go fishing, a favorite hobby.

The rest of the family went to a baseball game shortly before 6 p.m. Wood’s father told investigators he became concerned when he returned because his son was not at home and was not returning calls or text messages, so he went looking for him.

He saw his son’s Chevrolet pickup truck in the parking lot of the church. The pond behind the building was about a mile from the family’s home and had been a favorite fishing spot of Wood’s, police said.

Police said what happened between the times Wood showed up to fish and when he wound up in the water is still a mystery. He did not sustain any other injuries, and there was no sign of a struggle at the scene that would point to foul play, police said.

Wood had no known health issues that would suggest a medical problem caused him to fall into the pond, police said.

Wood’s cellphone was still in his pants pocket when he went into the water, police said.

Police are hoping an autopsy, scheduled for today, will provide more clues. Toxicology reports could take significantly longer, between six and eight weeks on average.

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