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19-year-old drowns in Athens area pond

Updated: May. 5, 2017 at 10:58 AM CDT
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HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A 19 year old man reportedly drowned late last night in an Athens pond.

Just after 8 pm, officers were called to the 1000 block of E. College street in Athens at Coleman Park.

Friends of the victim told officials that they were all fishing and saw James R. Wallace, 19, of Athens, jump into the water to go for a swim. The witnesses say they saw him swim about half way across the lake, but say he never resurfaced.

Officials tell KLTV the area where the young men were fishing is an area that is off limits and restricted.

A dive team from the Henderson County Game Warden's office responded to the scene. Just before 1 a.m. Wallace's body was found.

Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene by Henderson County Precinct 4, Justice of the Peace, Judge Milton Adams.

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