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Body found in Leesburg drainage pond

Emerson Aldron Ramirez Edejer (Leesburg Police Department)

The body of a Loudoun County man was pulled from a Leesburg drainage pond Tuesday after police resumed their search for a possible drowning victim.

Police identified the victim as Emerson Aldron Ramirez Edejer, 20, of Leesburg. Edejer was reported missing by family members about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The investigation began late Sunday morning after a caller reported seeing a man in a drainage pond in northeast Leesburg, west of the Leesburg Bypass and south of Battlefield Parkway, authorities said.

The witness called 911, but the man’s calls for help stopped while the caller was on the phone with the dispatcher. The witness told police that he could no longer see the man in the pond, according to police.

Authorities initially found no one in the pond or the general area, and continued to search until about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. The search was temporarily suspended Monday due to rainy weather, and resumed Tuesday morning.

Edejer was last seen Sunday at 10:30 a.m. before he left his home on Edmonton Terrace NE to play basketball at a nearby court, according to authorities.

His family said that Edejer suffered from bipolar disorder and had not taken his medication, potentially leading him to become hostile or disoriented, according to police.

Caitlin Gibson is a feature writer at The Washington Post.

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