A man drowned in a pond early Sunday morning while fleeing police in Branson, according to a statement issued by the Branson Police Department.

According to the statement, issued on social media, police had responded to the area of Fall Creek and Willow Bend roads at about 1 a.m. Sunday on a call of a car prowler. Officers managed to find a man with evidence of a crime, but he fled from police. As officers were setting up a perimeter, they heard a commotion in a nearby pond. According to the statement, officers believe the man went into the pond and drowned. His body was recovered with the help of Western Taney County Fire Protection District firefighters.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was in his mid 20's to early 30's, according to the statement.

The entire statement from Branson police:

"Branson Police officers responded to the area of Wyndham Branson at the Meadows, in the area of Fall Creek and Willow Bend Road at approximately 1:00 a.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019 on a call of a car prowler. During the investigation, officers found a suspect with evidence of a crime who ran from police. The officers lost the suspect.

"While setting up a perimeter to find the suspect, police heard a commotion in a nearby pond. Police believe the suspect went into the pond and drowned. With the help of the Western Taney County Fire District police were able to recover the body of the suspect,  a male in his mid 20’s to early 30’s.
 
"The Branson Police Department will continue to investigate and piece together information. The Taney County Coroner will also conduct a complete investigation and will release the suspect’s identity after next of kin have been notified."

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