Police identify victim found in SLC Park

Posted at 9:26 PM, Feb 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 08:57:32-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A body was pulled from the water in Sugar House’s Fairmont Park Monday night.

The body found in Fairmont Park pond Monday evening has been identified as James D. Panovich, 38, of Kansas. The man did not have a local address.

Salt Lake Fire and Police crews responded to Fairmont Park, located at 2361 South and 900 East, after reports of a man being in the water about 10 feet from the shore.

The man’s body was found at approximately 9 p.m. Monday by a group of people who came to the park to feed ducks.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the incident as a suspicious death, as there are no apparent signs of murder.

A second man was also found near the pond, wet. He was treated for hypothermia, but police don’t know whether he is connected to the body in any way. Police are staying in touch with the man, but he is not in police custody.

“The 35-year-old man had been drinking, how impaired I do not know,” said Sgt. Shawn Josephson, Salt Lake City Police Department. “But, again, definitely unusual that anybody would want to get in water with this kinds of weather outside.”

Police are asking for anyone in the area that may have seen something to call them at 801-799-3000.