CICERO, Ind. (AP) — A University of Indianapolis basketball player drowned after he fell into an Indiana reservoir without a lifejacket, investigators said Friday.
A dive team found the body of 22-year-old senior Dai-Jon Parker around 6 p.m. Thursday at the bottom of Morse Reservoir, north of Indianapolis, according to Sgt. Blaine R. Gillan of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The agency confirmed Parker’s identity on Friday.
Witnesses who were with Parker told investigators that he and another man were being pulled on an inner tube behind a pontoon boat when Parker fell off after hitting a large wave. The witnesses said they didn’t see him resurface.
“The entire University of Indianapolis community mourns the loss of Dai-Jon Parker, a senior student-athlete with a vibrant personality who had a great future ahead,” the school said in a statement issued Friday. “This is a tragic situation for everyone involved.”
The incident occurred just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Rescue crews who combed the reservoir for more than two hours located Parker’s body with a sonar device under about 11 feet under water.
Investigators said they are looking into whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. No charges have been filed.
Parker, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, spent three …read more
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