Police Investigation Apparent Drowning in Laurel County

The Laurel Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent drowning that occurred Thursday morning near London.

Police said area residents found the victim, identified as 52-year-old Jeffery Whitis, of London, unresponsive at about 7:44 a.m. in a pond off Hatcher Road.

Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling said Whitis died shortly after he was pulled from the water.

Laurel County Sheriff’s Detective Robert Reed Along with the Laurel County Coroner’s office continue to investigate the death.