Body of Grand Prairie Swimmer Recovered

Man drowned while training for triathlon

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    Grand Prairie police say they found the body of 45-year-old Ed Thompson of Mansfield at Joe Pool Lake Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012)

    The body of a man who went missing while training for a triathlon earlier this week has been found.

    Divers recovered the body of Ed Thompson, 45, from Joe Pool Lake Wednesday morning about 30-to-50 yards from the shore of the swim beach area of Lynn Creek Park.

    Body of Grand Prairie Swimmer Recovered

    [DFW] Body of Grand Prairie Swimmer Recovered
    The body of a man who went missing while training for a triathlon earlier this week has been found. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012)

    "First indicators right now is this is just a traumatic accident that happened where the individual was swimming and we're not sure if he got tangled up from some of the foliage that grows from the bottom out there," said Detective Lyle Gensler with the Grand Prairie Police Department.

    According to his wife, Thompson went for a training swim at the lake at about 5 p.m. Monday.

    At 7 p.m., when he hadn't returned home, she went to search for him and found his locked car at the lake park, with his wallet and mobile phone inside.

    She called Grand Prairie police who searched for the man overnight and through Tuesday. A police dog traced Thompson's scent from his car to the shore, where his shoes were found and where he is believed to have entered the water.

    The search was suspended overnight Tuesday and resumed Wednesday morning, when Thompson's body was found.

    Thompson's wife told police that her husband only learned how to swim a couple of years ago.  An autopsy will be performed to determine his official cause of death, though the preliminary investigation shows no signs of foul play.

    Family members declined to comment but Gensler said Thompson's wife is being consoled by close friends.

    "She is an extremely strong woman and she has got a fabulous support group within the church over there comforting her during these tragic moments," he said.

    Thompson's drowning is the fourth drowning at the lake this year.

    Gensler advises swimmers at the lake come with at least one other person.

    "If there is one thing we can learn, if you're going to go swimming, especially in this case no matter how invincible or strong you feel, and this was a pretty big solid guy, you still need somebody to watch in case something does happen," said Gensler.