Police: Man found dead in lake at Phoenix's Cortez Park

PHOENIX - The body of an adult male was found at Cortez Lake in Phoenix, according to police officials.

Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said 40-year-old Christopher Chee was seen at the park near 35th Avenue and Dunlap Sunday using meth and drinking alcohol when he went swimming.

Crump said the people with Chee warned him against it, but he decided to go in the water anyway.

Police said the group hid his clothing so it wouldn't get stolen and went home for the night.

Chee's friends said when they returned to the lake Monday afternoon to look for him, they couldn't find him so they searched the lake where they discovered his body.

Crump said the group removed Chee's body and called 911.

Authorities said there were no signs of trauma to the body and they do not suspect foul play at this time.

Police said the Medical Examiner's Office will determine the official cause of death.




Phoenix Fire spokesman, Captain Benjamin Santillan, said a caller indicated somebody was in the lake and was unable to get them out. Glendale Fire also responded to the call.

A spokesman said the victim is a 39-year-old male and appears to have been dead for a long period of time. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim's brother and friend are on scene, according to Phoenix Fire.

Phoenix police are investigating. No other details were released.



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