Leland man found dead in Waterford retention pond

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

LELAND—A 46-year-old man was found dead in a retention pond in the Waterford community Wednesday afternoon.

Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said Bobby Braxton Pierce, Jr., of 1006 Garden Club Way, Leland, was found dead around noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Just before noon, Sgt. John Keel responded to Pierce’s home for a welfare check. After checking the residence, Keel then searched the front yard, back yard and patio and a retention pond behind the home.

When he checked the pond, Keel found the body of an adult male, later identified as Pierce, floating in the pond, Jayne said.

“It was apparent the victim was deceased. Sgt. Keel notified command and investigative personnel as well as the Leland Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department, who responded to the scene,” Jayne said.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the body. An autopsy is pending. Jayne suspects no foul play in Pierce’s death.

“Nothing in this investigation prompts the Leland Police Department to believe that foul play was involved. At this time, residents of Waterford and Leland should exercise their normal level of caution and care.

“The final determination of cause of death will come after the autopsy and further details will be released at that time. This death investigation remains open and under review pending the medical examiner’s report,” Jayne said.