MCSO: Frank Castillo drowned at Bartlett Lake; body recovered

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has recovered the body of former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Castillo after a drowning accident Sunday at Bartlett Lake.

Deputy Joaquin Enriquez said the 44-year-old's body was found just before 2:30 p.m. Monday.

On Sunday, MCSO said the drowning call came in around 2:30 p.m.

MCSO said Castillo and his friend were on a pontoon boat when he decided to go swimming.

His friend called 911 after Castillo didn't resurface, MCSO said.

Crews searched the lake Sunday night and were not able to find his body.

They returned Monday morning and found Castillo after searching for several hours.

Castillo played mostly for the Chicago Cubs and then the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox.

He retired from the then-Florida Marlins in 2005.

His family released the following statement Monday:

Frank Castillo died on Sunday in a drowning accident while with his family at a lake near his home.

Frank was a wonderful son terrific brother and an extraordinary father to his two beautiful girls.

Everyone who knew Frank loved Frank, we are devastated by this loss.

It is impossible to express in words the level of sadness we feel due to this tragedy.

All of those who counted Frank as a personal friend, and to all those wonderful fans who cheered for him during his major league career, we genuinely appreciate your prayers and kind words during this extremely difficult time.

While we may not be able to thank each of you in person, it is very comforting  to know that you are with us in spirit.

We will provide information about the funeral once we are able to make all of the arrangements

Castillo Family

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