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80-year-old man drowns in pond near Dover RV park

DOVER — An 80-year-old man with dementia apparently wandered into a pond adjacent to an RV park where he lived and drowned late Friday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

The body of Joseph Edgar Ross was discovered at 10 a.m. Saturday by another resident of the Tampa East RV Resort Park at 4630 McIntosh Road in Dover.

A resident of the park called deputies at 9:30 p.m. Friday after hearing a man scream for help, the Sheriff's Office said. The screaming stopped after about five minutes, and the resident waited 2 1/2 hours before calling deputies, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Three deputies searched the park at about midnight, walking around the pond, which is filled with vegetation. But a 30-minute search proved fruitless, Carter said.

80-year-old man drowns in pond near Dover RV park 11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 2:25pm]
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