On June 11, 2018, at approximately 6:32pm, the Manchester Township Police Department received a 911 call from an individual reporting a missing swimmer at Harry Wright Lake, which is located in the Whiting section of the Township. The caller advised police dispatch that a male swimmer had fallen off of a raft in the lake and could not be located. The swimmer was identified as, 20-year-old, Luis Angel Meyo-Jimenez of Toms River.
According to witnesses, Jimenez was sitting on a raft in the area of the lakes floating dock when he fell into the water and never re-emerged. Ptl. Chris Walaszek arrived and entered the water where he located the male at the bottom of the lake. Ptl. Walaszek was assisted in the water by Whiting volunteer firefighters, William Sloan and Josh Lightbody.
Jimenez was immediately brought to shore where CPR was initiated by Ptl. Vincent Derome and Ptl. Marc Micciulla. Jimenez was transported to Community Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
This incident is being investigated by Detective Danny Barker of the department’s Investigations Bureau with the assistance of Detective Anthony Carrington Jr., of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Dan Lesniakowski from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) Unit.
Assisting at the scene were members of both the Whiting and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments as well as EMTs from Quality Medical Transport and paramedics from MONOC.
Anyone who may have been at the Harry Wright Lake and witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Manchester Township Police Department at 732-657-6111 or the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 732-929-2027.