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Tampa teen's body found in quarry at Ocala motocross park

On Saturday afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff's Office dive team found the body of 18-year-old Zachary Isaiah Newton, of Tampa, underwater in a quarry behind HardRock Cycle Park, at 6849 NW Gainesville Road. [Marion County Sheriff's Office]
On Saturday afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff's Office dive team found the body of 18-year-old Zachary Isaiah Newton, of Tampa, underwater in a quarry behind HardRock Cycle Park, at 6849 NW Gainesville Road. [Marion County Sheriff's Office]
Published May 31, 2017

A King High School football player died over the weekend while swimming in an Ocala lime rock quarry, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

On Saturday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office dive team found the body of 18-year-old Zachary Isaiah Newton underwater in a quarry behind HardRock Cycle Park, 6849 NW Gainesville Road.

Newton, of Tampa, made the roster for next season's varsity football team at King High School. The 5-feet-10, 200-pound rising senior would have been the team's guard and defensive tackle.

Marion County Fire Rescue first received a call of a possible drowning at the lime rock quarry around 11:05 a.m.

The 911 caller reported that a group of friends were swimming in the pit and one did not resurface, fire officials said.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found 10 teenagers, ages 16 and 17, near the quarry and called for a rescue team to help search for the victim, fire officials said.

When they weren't able to find him, they transitioned from rescue to recovery and eventually handed the search over to the Sheriff's Office and its dive team.

The recovery team entered the water around 2 p.m. and discovered Newton's body at 2:15 p.m., deputies said.

The medical examiner's office has not yet released the cause of death.

Park owner Glenn Knox said Newton was part of a group of teenagers that climbed a fence to enter his property without registering at the front desk, the Associated Press reported.

Knox said he doesn't allow swimming in the quarry because of its deep waters and potential hazards, such as long tangles of seaweed.

An investigation is under way.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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