UPDATE: The man has been identified as 35-year-old James T. Hughes, who had been reported missing on April 30, 2023.

FISHERS, Ind. — The Fishers Police Department is investigating after a man was found dead in a retention pond Thursday morning.

Neighbors in the area say they are shocked to learn what happened.

“I was getting up and going to fix my mom’s breakfast, and I see all of this commotion going on,” said Surrenia Mcjunkin, who lives right behind the pond where the man was discovered.

When Surrenia Mcjunkin looked out her window Thursday morning, her Fishers’ neighborhood was surrounded by police, firefighters and water rescue teams.

“It was surreal,” she said. “It’s like something you see in the movies or what you see in the news. When you walk out here and you see all of this, it just takes you back, like my gosh, what’s going on?”

The Fishers Police Department said emergency responders were called to a retention pond near Harborvale Chase and 141st Street around 9:30 Thursday morning. After a careful search, police said a dive team recovered the body of a man.

“This is a tragic incident,” said Sgt. Tom Weger with the Fishers Police Department. “We do not know the exact circumstances, so I wouldn’t want to speculate as to whether or not this was anything other than, it is a death investigation right now.”

Police have not released any information yet as to what led to this man’s death.

Neighbors like Mcjunkin said they are still in shock by the whole incident.

“It really shook me up, because you just don’t know what happened,” she said.

This is still an active investigation, and we are hoping to learn more information from the Fishers Police Department soon.