A police spokesman said that the man “…tried to make a run for it, if you will, into the sediment pond.” The pond was up to 20 feet deep in spots, and filled with silt and plants. Local police and fire departments mounted a rescue effort but the man had drowned by the time they found him.
Anne Arundel County police report that shirts and hats were found in the water near the man’s body. The police presume that he died of accidental drowning, but the results from his autopsy are pending.
Shoplifter’s Body Found In Pond Near Arundel Mills [CBS Baltimore]