Body pulled from Lakeside Park pond identified

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A rescue crew has pulled the body of a man from Lakeside Park pond. Officials said the man was fishing there Wednesday but never returned home.

A Fort Wayne Fire Department search-and-rescue crew search the Lakeside Park pond early Thursday, May 25, 2017.

First responders were first called to the pond at Lakeside Park around 2 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a man down by the shore. When a crew arrived at the pond, they found no victim and no credible evidence that a body was in the water to warrant a search.

The man then never returned home, according to authorities. At some point in the night, his truck was found at the park and his fishing pole was found propped against a guardrail near the pond.

A Fort Wayne Fire Department rescue crew returned to the pond around 9 a.m. Thursday. A diver was sent into the water around 10 a.m. A body was pulled from the water just before 10:30 a.m.

The father of the man confirmed the death to NewsChannel 15. The victim was 28 years old, the father said.  An autopsy performed by the Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed that person’s identity as that of Deonte Antone Cooper and his cause and manner of death are pending.

Three blocks south, a man’s body was found floating in the Maumee River near the Tecumseh Street bridge early Thursday. Officials do not believe the two incidents are related.