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Confluence man found dead in Fayette County pond

According to state police, 30-year-old Patrick Keating, of Confluence, was found submerged in the water sometime after 9:30 a.m. Monday. (Photo: Murrysville Medic One Dive Team)

A Somerset County man was found dead in a Fayette County pond Monday morning, authorities said.

According to state police, 30-year-old Patrick Keating, of Confluence, was found submerged in the water sometime after 9:30 a.m. near an access road along Sickle Ridge Road, in Henry Clay Township.

Water rescue teams at the scene said Keating was found over 40 feet away from a vehicle that was also in the water.

According to TribLIVE, Keating was pronounced dead after 3:30 p.m. Rescue officials told TribLIVE divers could only be in the water for 11 minutes at a time because of the low water temperatures.

Police have not said how Keating or the vehicle ended up in the water but will continue investigating.

According to police, a preliminary investigation attributed Keating's death to an accidental drowning. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday, according to TribLIVE.


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