Plainfield man, 37, drownsJune 30,2013Stefan Hard / Staff Photo
East Montpelier firefighters, who wished not to be named, carry a litter Sunday to the scene of a drowning off Coburn Road in East Montpelier where the body of a Plainfield man was recovered late Sunday morning. The man was reported missing in Coburn Pond, a former gravel quarry, by friends Saturday.
By David Delcore
EAST MONTPELIER — The body of a Plainfield man, who slipped unseen beneath the placid waters of a spring-fed pond on Coburn Road during a Saturday afternoon swim, was recovered by state police divers late Sunday morning.
State police confirmed that 37-year-old Alexander Jeldres apparently drowned while attempting to swim across the state-owned, water-filled abandoned gravel pit that is known locally as “Trojan Pond.”
According to Capt. Glenn Hall, Jeldres was swimming at the pond when a family member, who was with him at the time, couldn't locate him and called police.
“After interviewing family members it was presumed that he (Jeldres) was swimming and possibly drowned,” Hall said of a call that brought emergency personnel racing to the scene shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Initial efforts to locate Jeldres — both in the water and on land — were unsuccessful, according to Hall, who said the search was hampered by approaching darkness, a scramble to get members of the state police scuba team to the scene, and lingering questions about whether Jeldres may have actually made it to the other side of the pond.
“We didn't really have a good location,” Hall said. “No one actually witnessed him (Jeldres) go down.”
With nightfall fast approaching, divers searched the water while more than two dozen members of the East Montpelier and Plainfield Fire and Rescue Departments conducted a grid search of the surrounding land.
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