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Body identified after being recovered from Holladay pond

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Posted at 10:25 PM, May 10, 2021

HOLLADAY, Utah — The man who is believed to have drowned Monday in a private Holladay pond has been identified as Melvin Daniel Castro, 35, of Kearns.

According to Unified Police, Castro was working construction at 2626 Walker Lane when he and a colleague took kayaks onto a small pond next to the work site.

Castro went under the water after his kayak capsized, and never resurfaced.

UPD Sgt. Melody Cutler said Castro was not wearing a life jacket and did not have much swimming ability. She also added that the water was "frigid" at the time.

Scuba divers with the search and rescue team recovered Castro's body late Monday night.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help Castro's wife and children.