ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. – Authorities announced on Friday they are investigating an apparent accidental drowning after a man was found submerged in a pond in St. Charles, Mo., on June 14, 2024.

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The St. Charles County Police Department identified the victim as Darran Lamon Hutson, 44, of St. Charles, Mo. According to family members, Hutson was a "special needs" adult.

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The incident unfolded when the police department received a call at approximately 8:11 a.m. on Friday. Witnesses, including nearby fishermen, reported seeing a Black male adult enter the pond near Walnut Hill Court and submerge without resurfacing.

Multiple agencies responded swiftly to the scene, including the St. Charles County Police, Metro West Dive/Water Rescue, Cottleville Fire Department, St. Charles County Ambulance District, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Metro West Dive/Water Rescue recovered Hutson's body at approximately 8:35 a.m.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Hutson's death is ongoing. Corporal Barry Bayles of the St. Charles County Police Department stated that no further information is available at this time.

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