By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor
The body found floating in a pond Tuesday morning at the Boone County Conservation Club, 701 E. Noble St., Lebanon, has been identified as Sean L. Hobbs. Originally from Essie, Ky., he was staying with friends in the area since the middle of May.
An autopsy was performed at Witham Memorial Hospital, but no cause of death determined. Lebanon Police information officer Lt. Brent Wheat said the victim was in the water fewer than 72 hours. A toxicology test has been ordered, and results will take four to six weeks.
Searched the pond, which is 25 to 30 feet deep, until lat afternoon.
Ed Johnson and another man found the victim shortly after 11 a.m.
“We were standing by there, talking about cutting weeds for a fishing area,” Johnson said as police vehicles and fire trucks drove past a gate to the scene.
“I’ve seen my share of bodies,” said Johnson, who won three Purple Hearts in Vietnam and worked for a local towing service for several years.
The victim appeared to be a man in his mid-20s to mid 30s, Johnson said. “I figured, even it is was a dummy, they say 'see something, say something,'” he said. So Johnson called 9-1-1.
Officers from Lebanon Police Department sealed the area. Lebanon Fire Department’s water rescue unit was attempting to recover the body. Other units in kayaks were searching the pond and the shore line.
The three-acre pond is surrounded by a chain link fence topped with three strands of barbed wire. It is surrounded by thick woods.
Only Conservation Club members have keys to gates in the fence, Johnson said.
More details will be posted as available.