Police investigate body found in a pond of Springfield apartment complex

Published: May. 30, 2022 at 3:40 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2022 at 7:20 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Springfield police investigate a body found in a Springfield apartment complex’s pond.

Officers responded a little after 10 a.m. Monday to the Golden Pond Apartments at Hillcrest and Republic Road.

Teresa Garner has lived in the neighborhood near the apartment complex for about five years, saying the neighborhood’s safety was a big draw to the area originally.

”It’s pretty scary,” Garner says. “We don’t know if we want to stay here. This was a good neighborhood, but so far in the last three years, we’ve seen a homicide in the apartments, we’ve seen what they said was a suicide in the apartments, and now we have a body floating in the pond.”

Garner says she heard the sirens go by and went to see exactly what was going on.

“I came out, and they had it all yellow taped off,” Garner says. “I saw them pulling it up into the boat.”

Iesha Lafuze lives in the apartments where police found the body.

Lafuze says she didn’t expect this to happen so close to her home.

“I’ve already been kind of sketched out of some kind of things that’s happened over here in these apartments, and I moved here because I thought it was more of a safer area to be,” Lafuze says.

Lafuze says this is a big cause for concern as a single mom.

“Last night, my sister took her out for a cool stroll down the sidewalks and stuff and went right across that pond area,” Lafuze says. “It just kind of made me feel like I don’t want to live here anymore. It made me want to move out faster.”

Garner says she doesn’t feel safe in the neighborhood anymore and is looking to move as soon as possible.

“If my husband isn’t here, I’m home alone,” Garner says. “Think about it. You don’t know who could knock on your door or break in your house. It’s scary. That person probably didn’t know he or she was going to die.”

Police say an autopsy will determine the cause of death. Police have not identified the body.

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