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Missing Ashley Man Found Dead In Pond

At 1:38 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the office of Washington county Coroner Mark Styninger was dispatched to 3228 Virginia Road, Radom, where Joseph Kujawa, 72, of Ashley was pronounced dead at this location at 2:20 a.m. by Styninger.
Mr. Kujawa was reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department earlier the previous evening.
He was last seen by his wife at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday when he left to go work outside.
When he did not return at approximately 9 p.m., his family went looking for him and located his truck at the Virginia Road location which was the property of a relative.
The Washington County Search and Recovery Team was dispatched to the area at 12:08 a.m. and Mr. Kujawa’s body was found by the team in a pond at this location at approximately 1:30 a.m.
It appeared Mr. Kujawa was attempting to feed fish in the pond when he lost his footing on the muddy bank and fell into the water.
Mr. Kujawa was recovered from the pond by the Ashley Fire Department with assistance from the Washington County Ambulance Service, Washington County ESDA and Coroner.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Irvington Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Cause of death was determined to be accidental drowning. No autopsy or inquest is planned.

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