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Man recovered from pond near Highview

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Two LMPD divers searching the pond. Two LMPD divers searching the pond.
Rescue crews on the scene. Rescue crews on the scene.
LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell
Del Liford Del Liford
Dr. Gardiner Gentry Dr. Gardiner Gentry

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After a search of nearly three hours, the body of a man in his late 50s was recovered from a pond near Highview. 

Divers from the Louisville Metro Police Department searched the pond in the 7300 block of S. Watterson Trial after the call came into 911 around 2:45 p.m.

Friends identify the victim as Del Liford, 59, a homeless man who stayed at Victory Baptist Church. The pond where he was recovered is just a few hundred yards away. 

Former Victory Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Gardiner Gentry rushed over to the small pond as soon as he got word his friend was missing.

"Everybody knew Del," said Gentry. "He was a brother to us."

Police say sometime Monday afternoon, Liford and another man were fishing when Liford decided to jump in. 

"One of them decided to jump in, I'm not sure if that individual got scared when he the man didn't come back up, but there was some delay from the time they said they were here to the time that we were called, but again we are still investigating," said Dwight Mitchell, Louisville Metro Police. 

Once police got the call, LMPD divers started searching the water. Nearly three hours later they recovered Liford's body as friends and family stood by hoping it wasn't true.

"We're all saddened about it, we are really saddened," said Gentry. 

His Bible and shoes were found left behind on the bank. Gentry says Liford was always quoting scripture and encouraged others to come to church. He was huge help at the church, mowing grass and pitching in when needed, but Gentry says Liford had his troubles, too. He had long history of battling alcoholism.

"We tried to help him many times and he tried to help himself and he would do good for a long time," said Gentry. 

Recently he says he couldn't help but notice Liford wasn't acting like himself. "Yesterday he was very discouraged," said Gentry. 

While they may never know what exactly happened, Gentry says he will never forget his friend.

"A very good man, you couldn't ask for somebody to be a better friend," said Gentry. "He would give you the shirt of his back really."

Police say they do not suspect foul play or any charges to be filed, but the investigation is ongoing. 

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