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Police prepare go to the scene of a drowning in Fort Wayne on Sunday.

Missing woman, boater die in water

Two Fort Wayne people died Sunday in unrelated apparent drownings.

Both deaths are still under investigation.

The body of an older woman who had been reported missing by her family was found in a pond near her home Sunday afternoon.

The family of the woman had reported her missing from her southwest Fort Wayne home at 3:25 p.m.

At 3:51 p.m., a neighbor on Little River Run, in the Covington Homestead Condominiums neighborhood, spotted the woman's body in a small pond behind her street.

When she was reported missing, the woman's family told police she suffered from dementia.

Norman Snow, president of the neighborhood's homeowners' association, said news of the woman's death had shaken the community. “It's an older community,” he said.

Police had not released any more information about the woman's death or released her name by Sunday evening.

Earlier Sunday, Gary K. Froshaug, 62, his wife, Mary, and a friend had been on a sailboat on Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County when rough water and strong winds capsized the boat, sending the boaters into the water, Indiana Conservation Officers said.

Danny Keaffaber, of North Manchester, Christopher Ruoff, of Fort Wayne, and William Mabee, of Winona Lake, had been fishing nearby and were able to pull Gary Froshaug, his wife and their friend from the water, police said.

Two other passing boaters administered CPR, police said.

Gary Froshaug was unconscious when he was pulled from the water and died at the scene, police said. Mary Froshaug and the unidentified friend were not hurt, police said.

All three had been wearing life preservers, and an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of Froshaug's death, police said.

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