Drowning Victim Found in Little Timber Creek Was 66-Year-Old Man; Alcohol Might Have Caused Accident
UPDATED: The 66-year-drowning victim has been identified as MICHAEL DUNN
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(Above) In the distant Rescue units from Westville and Bellmawr Fire Departments on the South Broadway Bridge responded to a call of a body floating face down in the Little Timber Creek.
Gloucester City, N.J. (September 28, 2021)(CNBNews)– A deceased male was pulled from Little Timber Creek in Gloucester City Monday afternoon, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell.
Officers responded to the 600 block of South Broadway at approximately 2:14 p.m. after train operators spotted a body in the water. Officers located the body of a 66-year-old male floating face down in the creek. Marine unit members from the Westville and Bellmawr Fire Departments retrieved the body from the water.
The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Tuesday. The cause of death was determined to be drowning and the manner of death was ruled accidental.
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Investigators believe the 66-year-old man was walking on the pedestrian metal grate and accidentally fell into the creek
Further results are pending the decedent’s toxicology results. A case of beer along with some empty cans was found on the scene.
The investigation is being handled by the CCPO’s Major Crimes Unit and Gloucester City Police.
CNBNews was first to break the story (See article here)
(Below) Monday afternoon around 3:30 PM, between 20 and 25 police officers and firefighters stand on the railroad trestle watching the recovery of the body of a 66-year-old man (CNBNews photo credit)
For decades teens and homeless people used this area for beer parties, consuming illegal drugs, and smoking pot. Police have a difficult time patrolling the isolated area. Back in the day kids swimming in the creek would use the trestle as a diving platform. The creek is no longer a popular swimming hole because it's polluted.
In a 2013 article, CNBNews reported that children were going to the trestle and consuming large amounts of alcohol. Gloucester City Police said the teens were getting so intoxicated that they are passing out. "We have received a report that once they pass out other kids lay them across the tracks. This is extremely dangerous! Officers were directed to check the area on a more frequent basis and they came across a large party there this past weekend. All but one of the individuals fled. The trestle is approximately 100 yards west is Broadway." said former Police Chief Berglund at the time.