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Published on June 22, 2024
Second Body Found in Tempe Town Lake in Under a Week, Local Authorities Investigate Possible ConnectionsSource: Wikipedia/

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Tempe, Arizona has been gripped by a somber mood as emergency crews retrieved a body from Tempe Town Lake early Friday morning. Tempe Police and fire officials converged on the site near Scottsdale Road and Rio Salado Parkway after a call came in around 5 a.m., where they found a deceased individual in the water. The identity of the man has not been released pending notification of next of kin, and an investigation into the circumstances of his death is actively unfolding, as reported by ABC15.

This marks the second instance of a body being discovered at the lake in less than a week, creating an unsettling pattern that has rattled the local community. Authorities are handling both cases with a careful eye towards determining what connections, if any, might exist between the two deaths. The City of Tempe strictly prohibits swimming or voluntarily entering the water at Town Lake, except for in the context of special events organized through the Parks and Recreation Department, pointing towards the unusual nature of these incidences.

Earlier in the week, emergency crews had been summoned to the lake on Tuesday morning after reports emerged of a person missing since Monday evening. The recovery teams were successful in retrieving a body, though no additional information has been confirmed about that individual's identity or the cause of death. This pattern of tragic discoveries has prompted an intensive investigation by local authorities, working to piece together the events leading up to both deaths.

Details are scant at this time as officials maintain discretion during the early stages of their inquiries. However, 12News noted that their crews are on-site, attempting to glean more information, according to a recent report by 12News.