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Dearborn County deputies ID deceased man found in pond

Paul Bradley, 59, was found dead in a Dearborn County pond Saturday.
Paul Bradley, 59, was found dead in a Dearborn County pond Saturday.(Dearborn County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 4, 2022 at 9:38 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2022 at 11:48 AM EDT
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DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. (WXIX) -The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office identified a man found dead in a pond Saturday.

Deputies discovered Monday that Paul Bradley, 59, was found dead after he drowned in a pond on York Ridge Road.

Deputies were dispatched on Saturday to the 5400 block of York Ridge Road in Guilford after someone reported a dead body in the area.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies found a body floating in the pond.

The body was then removed from the pond, and an autopsy was performed, deputies said.

A maroon Dodge Dakota was also located in the pond, and later recovered.

Deputies say that Bradley crashed his car into the pond before drowning.

Ashley Bradley, Paul Bradley’s daughter, issued the following statement:

“My father was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back and go without forever if he knew it meant you wouldn’t have to. He loved his grandkids. They were all his babies.  He was loud, (some would say obnoxious), hilarious but serious if he needed to be, very intelligent, kind, diligent, caring, loving, generous, stern but also gentle.... I could go on and on.. I miss him so much!! I just wanna drive to his house and tell him about all this and just talk to him again. If there’s one person in this world I knew had my back it was my father.  This hurts our family and friends so much. I just want to also say thank you to everyone who helped search for my father whether it was sharing post on Facebook or going out to look for him. Our hearts are breaking.”

It was originally reported that Bradley had been missing since April 11. Deputies say he was last seen leaving an address on Ester Ridge Road on the evening of April 3.

Bradley left the house in the Dodge with a white camper shell.

Deputies said it is unclear why he crashed into the pond.

The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.

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