Young man drowns in Maple Grove pond

BreakingNewsAndrew Pitts, 20, of Brooklyn Park, died Friday, April 26, from drowning in a Maple Grove pond, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

At approximately 8:05 p.m., the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call concerning a water emergency. A witness said he saw a man walking into a pond behind an office building.

The Maple Grove Police Department, Maple Grove Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance, and the Sheriff’s Office responded.

The pond was partially covered with ice and is located behind a building in the 12000 block of Elm Creek Boulevard.

The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team recovered the man from the water. He was unconscious. He was transported by ambulance to Maple Grove Hospital, where he was declared dead at 9:53 p.m. that night.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office report stated cause of death was drowning, but manner of death was pending further investigation.

Maple Grove police, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Water Patrol are investigating.