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Man Dies in Pond Near Toll Road

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Divers with the Indiana State Police recovered the body of a man from a pond near the 16 mile marker just off the Indiana Toll Road in Lake County. State police received a call for assistance around 12:30 Sunday afternoon and dispatched divers to the scene in an attempt to find the man last seen swimming in the pond by his father after the two had reportedly been fishing there. Police say 20-year-old Jelani Louis of Merrillville, was found in 18 feet of water about 120 feet from shore, and was underwater for more than one hour before he was recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. The Lake County Coroners office says cause and manner of death were pending. The state police are working a joint investigation on the drowning with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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