Teen found dead at Moody AFB pool

Moody Air Force Base (Source: WALB)
Moody Air Force Base (Source: WALB)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA (WALB) - A Lowndes County High School football player has died after being found unresponsive at a pool at Moody Air Force Base Sunday evening around 7 p.m.

Joshua Gardner, 17, was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"The Moody family is deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing Commander. "I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones during this heartbreaking time."

An investigation is currently ongoing.

"You know when a tragedy like this happens, your thoughts instantly go to the family and those who were there at the scene last night and taking care of them as best we can and taking care of our family and the extended family, and the Moody community," stated Captain Jess Colby.

The base pool will remain closed until further notice.

"The family, as expected, is completely devastated. Reported that he was a good swimmer, he was in great health, he was a football player and why exactly he drowned, I'm not sure we'll ever know the complete answer to that," said Lowndes Co. Coroner Austin Fiveash.

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