Police identify man who drowned after running from police


BRANSON, Mo. — Branson Police Officers responded to a call of a car prowler around the area of Fall Creek and Willow Bend Road at about 2 a.m on Sunday, Sept. 8. 

Lyman Bryce Gardner Jr, 31-year-old from Hollister, has died after fleeing from police and running into a pond.

Cause of death appears to be drowning, an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

While the officers were setting up a perimeter near a pond, police found a suspect with evidence of a crime who ran from police. 

According to the Branson Police Department, they heard “commotion” coming from the pond. They believe the suspect went into the pond drowned.

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