Police Identify Man Who Jumped Fence, Died In Closed Public Pool

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) – Police have identified the 21-year-old man who apparently drowned in a closed public pool after he jumped a fence at a Grand Rapids park to get inside.

Grand Rapids police say the victim, Damon Smith-Phillips, was among a group of men who jumped the fence at Richmond Park. Police responded after getting a call before 6 a.m. Tuesday that Smith-Phillips was unresponsive. Officers pulled him out of the pool, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A cause of death is pending while authorities await autopsy results.

The Grand Rapids Press reports one man has been questioned and released by police and another is being sought.

The pool remained closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday for regular hours through this Sunday, the conclusion of the 2017 swim season. (Get pool hours and more information here).

As an investigation continues, anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at 616-456-3400, or
the Silent Observer anonymous tip line at 616-745-2345. Silent Observer may also be contacted confidentially at www.silentobserver.org.

© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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