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Elderly man drowns in pond

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Updated: 8/24/2009 5:55 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  An elderly man drowned in a pond outside his daughter's house on Monday.

It is usually a quiet Westside neighborhood. Now, there's crime tape around two houses and two families are upset.
 
Police say 88-year-old Stanley Curchin drowned in the pond behind his daughters home. "The gentleman had failing health and wandered outside. He also had eye problems, macrodegenerate disease," said Sgt. Dan Janson.

Curchin's family tried to find him this morning, but couldn't and asked a neighbor for help.

"He [the neighbor] took a canoe out to check to see if he could find him floating out there. Sure enough he did," said Sgt. Janson.

This is a tragedy families caring for elderly hope never happens to them. Ashley Root with Senior Helpers says families caring for their loved ones need to take extra steps so this doesn't happen. She says to make sure to lock the doors, keep poisonous medicines out of reach and make sure to keep the house well lit.

As police take down the crime tape, the reality of what happened will soon set in for two families in this quiet Westside neighborhood.

There are bracelets caretakers can get that will alert authorities when someone wanders off. Click on the website below for more information.
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