By Jim Wallace - bio | email ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A well-known Albany woman was found dead in her swimming pool Tuesday morning, likely the second drowning victim in 24 hours.
76-year-old DeLoyce Manley was found in the pool of her home on Partridge Drive just after 10 AM.
She was wearing a swimming suit and apparently drowned. Mrs. Manley was found by a handyman who had worked for her for several years.
Investigators say she was known to practice water aerobics for her arthritis. Mrs. Manley was the widow of Gayle Manley, who established Albany's M&M Mars plant.
In 1998, the Manleys bought the Radium Springs Casino building.
Neighbors call her death a real tragedy for the community. Pam Middleton said "Miss Deloyce is a very lovely lady. I've lived here since 1975 and she has been my neighbor all this time."
Her body is being sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.
Mrs. Manley's late husband was killed in a car crash two years ago.
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