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Police investigate possible drowning in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- A man was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was found Sunday at the bottom of a swimming pool in west Fort Worth.

Vernon Watson, 52, was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

"It appears right now that the victim drowned," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

He said that investigators would be conferring with the medical examiner's office to determine the exact cause of death.

Police and emergency crews were called 7:30 p.m. to a possible drowning at the apartment complex in the 4900 block of El Campo Avenue, Henderson said. The neighborhood is southwest of the intersection of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Hulen Street.

"The victim, Mr. Watson, had come over for a barbecue that was being held by one of his friends in the apartment complex," Henderson said. "At some point, Watson disappeared. They were looking for him and after not being able to find him, concluded that he had gone home."

Later, however, a 9-year-old boy swimming in the shallow end of the pool noticed Watson at the bottom of the deep end, Henderson said. The boy alerted adults who pulled Watson out and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

He was pronounced dead 12:34 a.m. Monday at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, according to the medical examiner's office.