Putnam County man drowns in pond

CONTINENTAL — A rural Putnam County resident died after drowning in a pond at his residence Friday.

At 1:54 p.m., the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a neighbor of Richard Cleaves, 88, 3545 Road 23, Continental. The neighbor had spotted Cleaves in a pond at Cleaves’ residence.

After retrieving Cleaves from the pond, Cleaves was unresponsive. The Putnam County Coroner’s office ruled the death to be an accidental drowning.

The Continental Fire Department and the Putnam County EMS also assisted at the scene.

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