UPDATE - Suspected Drowning Investigation Underway

Friday, March 24, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017  4:34 p.m.

The decedent has been identified as 70-year old Franklin "Dell"  Lemonds of Virginia Beach.

The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.



Friday, March 24, 2017 at approximately 1:03 p.m., Emergency Communications received a report of a drowning in the Pine Meadows neighborhood of Virginia Beach.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found a relative attempting to rescue an adult male in the pond behind the home.  Life saving measures were attempted but unfortunately the man died. 

The identity of the decedent is being withheld for 24 hours after the next of kin has been notified.

No additional details are available at this time as this is an active investigation.



MPO Tonya Pierce

Public Affairs Officer

Virginia Beach Police Department