Police: Body of missing Freeport man has been found in pond
The body of a Freeport man who was missing for a week was recovered Saturday from a pond in Nassau, police have confirmed.
Nassau police say the body of 40-year-old Dennis Jones was found in Milburn Pond, near the border of Baldwin and Freeport. He was pronounced dead by a police medic Saturday afternoon.
The cause of death is unclear. Police say their investigation is ongoing.
Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder says they do have at least one person who saw Jones before he disappeared.
“We had a witness, his statements are a little inconsistent right now, we're working that out with him, he's got a lawyer and we're trying to speak through his lawyer,” says Ryder.
Police had been searching the pond for Jones earlier Saturday using sonar and other equipment.
Jones' family had said that he was last seen by a witness at Milburn Pond, and that his jacket and boots were seen there.
The family had previously criticized efforts by the police to locate their loved one as inadequate.
But police had said they were using all available resources and technology in their search, including from their Missing Persons Bureau, Marine Bureau, Dive Team, Aviation Unit, Emergency Service Unit, as well drones and patrol officers.
Jones' sister, Aly Jones, on Friday jumped in the water to search herself. She accused authorities of treating Jones, who has a history of drug addiction, as "just another addict." Standing in the pond Friday, she had shouted, "Get my brother out of this water."
Jones leaves behind a 7-year-old son, according to his family.