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Man found dead in police officer's pool

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Phil­adelphia po­lice found a man at the bot­tom of a fel­low of­ficer’s murky swim­ming pool in Winchester Park last Thursday night, but de­tect­ives have ruled out foul play based on a sur­veil­lance video of the likely drown­ing.

The death oc­curred at a home on the 2800 block of Winchester Ave. Patrol cops went there at 10:53 p.m. after the homeown­er re­por­ted that her 45-year-old friend had dis­ap­peared, said Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a po­lice de­part­ment spokes­wo­man.

Ac­cord­ing to Capt. Jack Mc­Gin­nis of North­east De­tect­ives, of­ficers from the 8th dis­trict went to the back­yard and spot­ted the vic­tim at the bot­tom of the nine-foot deep end of the pool. The wa­ter was dark and dirty, Mc­Gin­nis said, but the of­ficers dove in and pulled the vic­tim to the sur­face.

Para­med­ics soon ar­rived and pro­nounced the man dead. His iden­tity has not been re­leased. Res­ults of a med­ic­al ex­am­in­a­tion are pending, but the vic­tim had no vis­ible wounds or bruises, Mc­Gin­nis said.

De­tect­ives re­covered sur­veil­lance video of the pool. In the video, the vic­tim can be seen swim­ming alone mo­ments be­fore he dis­ap­pears be­low the sur­face.

“He’s in the pool, go­ing back and forth and then he goes down,” Mc­Gin­nis said. “A few minutes later, the (home) own­er comes out­side, but doesn’t see him.”

The homeown­er, a fe­male po­lice lieu­ten­ant, called 911. She was off duty at the time. No one else was at the home. ••

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