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Police identify man who drowned in Clayton park pond

Clayton police said the man's family has been notified

CLAYTON, Mo. — Police say they now know the identity of a man found dead in a pond at Shaw Park earlier this month in Clayton.

An autopsy indicated the man died by drowning in the pond. There was no evidence of trauma or foul play, the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office reported.

For days, Clayton police were working to identify the man and even asked for the public's help. After an extensive investigation, police said they were able to identify the victim as a 26-year-old man.

His name isn't being released out of respect for the family, police said Wednesday.

Police previously said they believe he is one of the city's unhoused individuals and that there is no evidence that he had been reported as missing.

Clayton police were first called to the scene at around 7:45 p.m. Monday, June 21 for an unknown object in the pond at Chapman Plaza, which is near Forsyth and Brentwood boulevards. Officers discovered the man partially submerged in the pond.