Student found drowned in Frederick

October 19, 1999|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Towson University student was found drowned yesterday in a pond a block from his Braddock Heights home, the Frederick County sheriff's office said.

Philip I. Winter of the 4600 block of Deer Spring Road was discovered about noon yesterday. Police said Winter's body was about 85 feet away from his 1997 Honda Civic, which was found submerged Sunday at 4: 15 p.m.

The car was about 8 feet under water, upright and with the passenger's side door open, said Sgt. Tim Clarke of the sheriff's office. Clarke said officials found skid marks outside the pond, which is 70 feet from Deer Spring Road.

Officials contacted Winter's parents, who owned the car, and were told the sophomore was in town to visit family but had not been seen for two days.

Police believe Winter may have tried to swim ashore. They will conduct an autopsy today, Clarke said.

"There is nothing to indicate foul play," Clarke said.

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