Teen found unresponsive at Moody identified as Lowndes High student

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 12, 2018

Josh Gardner (Courtesy: Lowndes Vikings Football)

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- We've learned the identity of a teenager who was found unresponsive at a pool on Moody Air Force Base on Sunday and later passed away.

Lowndes County Schools confirms that the teen was 17-year-old Lowndes High School student, Josh Gardner.

Gardner also played for the school's football team. The team shared a photo of Gardner in his Vikings uniform on Facebook, sharing the tragic news:

Authorities have not yet released an official cause of death.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 11, 2018

MOODY A.F.B., Ga. (WCTV) -- Monday, Moody Air Force Base continues investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy. He was found unresponsive at the outdoor base pool Sunday around 7 p.m.

Officials say the Moody Air Force Base family is deeply saddened by the tragedy. The teen's death comes as a shock to military families and families just outside the base's gates.

"It's a sad and tragic situation," said Derrick Powell, owner of Blendz Barber Shop.

For the last eight years, Derrick's barber shop has catered to military families. He says the young boy's death was heartbreaking to hear.

"Being a barber, I deal with a lot of kids and over the years I get to watch them grow up. It's really tragic to know that a family has lost their 17-year-old son," said Powell.

Moody A.F.B. says the Office of Special Investigations is looking into the cause of death.

"When a tragedy like this happens, your thoughts instantly go to the family and those that were there at the scene last night taking care of them as best as we can," says Jessica Colby with Moody's Public Affairs.

Moody says the teen was brought on base as a guest though the Trusted Travelers Program and that he had permission to be inside the facility after normal pool hours.

Moody says the outdoor pool will remain closed until further notice.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 10, 2018

MOODY AFB, Ga. (WCTV) -- A 17-year-old has died after being found unresponsive at Moody Air Force Base, officials said.

The 17-year-old, who has not yet been identified, was found unresponsive around 7 p.m. Sunday at the pool, Air Force officials said. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"The Moody family is deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Col. Jennifer Short, 23rd Wing Commander. "I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones during this heartbreaking time."

The pool will remain closed until further notice. The investigation is ongoing.