WPD says body found was a “familiar figure”

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Submitted: Fri, 08/12/2011 - 7:28pm
Updated: Sat, 08/13/2011 - 11:56am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A dead body turned up in a shallow pond in Wilmington this morning. The body was found in a retention pond behind Lowe’s at the corner of S. College Road and New Centre Drive.

According to Wilmington Police, the body was that of Clark Edward Reedy, a familiar figure around town with no known address.

Reedy would have celebrated his 55th birthday Saturday, August 13.

Wilmington Police and EMS got the call around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Crews discovered the man was dead when they arrived on the scene.

Brandon Stanley lives in New Centre Commons right across the street from the pond. He said the grisly discovery definitely creeped him out, but he’s not too bothered.

“I know stuff happens all the time, but it just kind of catches you off guard when there’s a dead guy next to where you live,” he said.

Neighbors tried to get a glimpse of the scene, but Stanley said no one knew the man or anything about how he died.

“Who knows if he fell in there, drowned?” Stanley said. “Just don’t know.”

A couple of hours after the discovery, the medical examiner’s office removed the body from the scene.


  • Guest says:

    For those of you who knew Clark or didn’t know him, He was my brother. Yes Clark had his ways and so does everybody else. Clark was in bad health. My sister and I knows what cause his death, but we will never know why he was at the pond on Friday morning. To each and everyone who reads this, all we asked of you is to remember the good things about Clark and to keep us in your prayers. Thank You.

  • Guest says:

    yes i knew your brother too, he was a wonderful man. i hope the positive comments stay with you. many people my age that live downtown loved clark and looked forward to seeing him at cd alley. clark will be missed

  • Clark fan says:

    I’m disgusted at some of these comments and at people’s ignorance and lack of compassion. I’ll keep it clean, though. Clark was not a “nut job”. He was a beautiful man with a kind heart. People can’t control having mental illness or developmental disabilities any more than someone can control having Diabetes or Cancer. Mental illness does not define a person. I will define Clark for you. He was honest, generous, loving, friendly and funny. He made me smile every time I saw him. Please refrain from negative comments. Clark had parents, sisters and other family and friends who loved him. Derogatory comments, especially during their time of grief, are rude, immature and unnecessary. Let him rest peacefully, please.

  • Dee102 says:

    …exactly where is “their side”? There are homeless people all over the city.

  • Guest says:

    Comments like this are ignorant, arrogant and shameful, and show stupidity beyond belief. You do not have to show compassion, but please do not show your stupidity. Many of the homeless are there by the choices they make. There are also many that are there due to circumstances. Medical illnesses, disastrous family circumstances, extreme financial problems. All major believe systems teach compassion to the less fortunate. If you are not able to be compassionate, understanding and helpful the shut the “you know what” up. To make such a comment shows what a creep you are and it is shameful that there are people like you in this, our great society

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …can’t we simply run a fence down Kerr Avenue, and keep the homeless winos, free-range nutjobs, and inner city thugs on “their side?”

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …to keep them on the West side.

    Now, I’m comfortable with running it up Military Cutoff and then up Gordon, but some might object to surrendering the entire city to the riff-raff.

  • GuestLee says:

    I hate to say it, but I’ve been expecting something like this to happen. I’ve always wondered why retention ponds aren’t required to have fences around them, much like swimming pools do. Any time you have water, there is always a potential for accidents.

  • Guest7969 says:

    what we need..MORE government!

  • Das Weibstück says:

    Are we suppose to put a fence up at the beach too? We live at the coast, water everywhere. Maybe people should just use commonsense a little.

    Sad this man died but we cant stop everyone from having an accident.

  • Guest says:

    It’s the south.

  • Guest says:

    Yeah, we should probably put fences around all our roads as well. That way no one walks into traffic.

    Its called personal responsibility. If your dumb enough to fall in a retention pond for whatever reason, then I guess natural selection has taken place. And if you say it to prevent kids from falling in, well that one is on the parents. I for one know I am not letting my kid near any of them.

  • Guesttoo says:

    While we’re at it, let’s fence off the Cape Fear River, the Intercoastal Waterway, Greenfield Lake, the BIG retention pond…Lake Waccamaw and…bigger still, the Atlantic Ocean retention pond.

    Next, we’ll be fencing off that big ditch in Arizona.

  • Guest4u says:

    Large puddles are an accident waiting to happen too.

  • Guest777 says:

    clark may not have drowned.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the same retention pond, adjacent to Sam’s Club which houses a gator? Or had the reptile been removed? Seems you carried this piece a few months ago.

  • Guest says:

    It’s the south.

  • Native Wilmingtonian says:

    Some years ago a body in Jacksonville, NC was identified as his. Obviously it wasn’t him. I hope they got a good ID on the subject.

  • Guest13 says:

    I had met Clark years ago through an organization that helped homeless people almost 20 years ago. It’s sad that he hadn’t had a “home” in many years. Hopefully he can rest in peace.

  • Cindy says:

    Clark was a well known downtown person and a survivor on the streets for many years. Tomorrow would have been his birhtday. Happy Birthday Clark, I will miss you!!

  • Cindy says:

    Happy Birthday Clark! I will miss you. . .

  • GuestLee says:

    This has NOTHING to do with government, it has to do with saving lives. If a fence saved even one life, wouldn’t it be worth it?

    By the way, if this retention pond was on private property, the OWNERS of the property manage the retention pond, not the government.

  • GuestLee says:

    Sure, people should use commonsense, but accidents happen. People slip, they fall, it happens. Going by your post, we shouldn’t put up fences around pools either.

  • GuestLee says:

    “Natural selection”? There’s nothing natural about a person dying in a retention pond, for any reason. Nature didn’t “select” him to die.

    While you’re keeping your kids away from the retention ponds, make sure you keep them away from the pools and the beach, too. Mother nature might “select” them to be next.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Without revisiting our differences of opinion on allowing nutjobs to wander freely in society, it is apparent that this man had problems for quite some time. Whether due to an untreated mental illness or caused/aggravated by substance abuse, it placed him in a weaked state and that’s the entire basis of natural selection. The strong survive only because the weak cannot.

    I’m sure that an autopsy will reveal if any foul play was involved and what his toxological state was at the time of his death. Whatever the course of events that led to his death, we all need to accept that “survival of the fittest” is a universal, natural law that we may not like, but cannot change.

    As for your proposal regarding fences, I will submit that any property owner with a retention pond who does not fence it off is begging for a lawsuit. The primary concern is children who are old enough to be out without parental supervision, but still young enough to be idiots. One can argue that an unfenced retention pond, just like an unfenced pool or cellular tower poses an “attractive nuisance” to the young mind.

    I’m not in favor of requiring fences, but you can bet a large sum of money that if I had a pond on my property, it would be fenced.

  • GuestLee says:

    What’s the big deal about putting up a fence around a retention pond? If it saves one life, isn’t it worth it? It wouldn’t cost YOU anything.

  • Guest28451 says:

    Hmm maybe we could funnel the illegals that way and put a stop to the illegal border crossings. On a more serious note definitely need to work on the border fence. Im sorry but with unemployment as high as it is. To hell with the migrant illegals from Mexico we need to put Americans to work. Youd be surprised how many Americans wouldnt turn down even work picking fruits and veggies at this point or other jobs that the idiotic left swears Americans wont due. When there are no more handouts for the unemployed the unemployed will get a job doing something.

  • Pete says:

    If it was a toddler or Alzheimer’s sufferer would we feel the same? Doesn’t matter how many fences there are – people die.

    Really the living issue is about mental illness – why we are intrinsically scared by schizophrenics – shun, ridicule, and, ultimately violate them.

    Although the gov’mint has been called upon, yet seldom ever able to win – it is each of ours duty to respect people like Clark as we do ourselves.

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