CMPD: Missing Teen Drowned While Running from Police


by WCCB Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC -- A teen reported missing has been found dead in a South Charlotte pond. It appears he had been running from police.

Investigators found 19-year-old Demonta Gaither's body in a pond off Billingsly Road, near the Health Department. Gaither's family reported him missing Thursday. Five days ago, CMPD says officers chased Gaither and another teen while responding to an attempted car break-in call. They gave up the chase, and investigators say they never found evidence of a crime.

"So many stories are being told about what happened," said Demonta's aunt Angela Gaither. "And I just believe in God. I believe in God, and we'll get to the bottom of this."

CMPD says the other teen told investigators he and Gaither jumped into the pond to hide from cops. He says Gaither never resurfaced.

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