Rapid City Journal
By Kevin Woster, Journal Staff Writer
Jan 4, 2005
RAPID CITY A 22-year-old Rapid City man apparently threw himself into an open-water pond in Canyon Lake Park Monday morning in what authorities treated as an attempted suicide.
The man was found a few minutes later in the basement of a nearby office building and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital West for a mental hold and evaluation.
“He lived in an apartment near Canyon Lake and had been depressed and taking medication,” Lt. Doug Thrash of the Rapid City Police Department said. “It appears that he was getting evicted, and the people in that apartment building were worried. They found a note in his room saying he was suicidal.”
Thrash said the man apparently was connected to Ellsworth Air Force Base but was not in the military.
Fire, police and other emergency personnel responded to the call about 11:30 a.m. A baseball cap lay on the grass near where members of the fire department’s dive team searched the pond near picnic shelter No. 2 in the park.
“They found his car and his hat, and wet footprints where it looked like he had gone in the water and out of it,” Thrash said. “They were searching the park when they got a phone call from over at the office building, saying they had found him in their basement. He was cold and alert.”
The temperature was in the teens Monday morning.