Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says an inquiry into the circumstances of an apparent drowning Friday night remains ongoing.
Bryant said Saturday information is still being gathered regarding the death of 43-year-old Edwin Skolarski.
“The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office and an autopsy will be performed,” Bryant said, adding the preliminary investigation at the pond, located on U.S. Highway 70 East near Grandma’s Indoor Gun Range, indicated alcohol may have played a role in the swimmer’s death.
The Carter County Sheriff’s Department responded at 7:05 p.m. to reports an adult male had been swimming in the pond when he went under and never resurfaced.
A short time after deputies and Dickson firefighters/first responders arrived on the scene, Bryant confirmed the victim had been recovered.
“First responders recovered the body in about 10-feet of water,” the sheriff said adding the pond was extremely murky and dark. “We are certainly very grateful and appreciate the assistance from Dickson firefighters and first responders.”
Bryant said Skolarski and a female companion had been fishing at the pond.
“The victim, who was said to have back issues, decided to go swimming. He swam for a while. Got out and then entered the water a second time. We are told it was after he went in the water the second time, is when he went under and then did not come back up.” Bryant said.
The sheriff said the continuing investigation focuses on other factors that may have contributed to the man’s death.
“We are simply making sure we have all the facts that may be pertinent,” Bryant told The Ardmoreite.
The sheriff did not speculate on how long the inquiry may take, but said investigators will wait to include an official cause of death  from the Medical Examiner’s Office to their reports.