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Albany teen drowns in holding pond

The retention pond behind the Georgia-Pacific Albany Box Plant on Maxwell Drive where 13-year-old Fred Brown drowned Sunday afternoon while fishing with his older brother. The Dougherty County District Attorney’s office is investigating the drowning. (Special Photo)

The retention pond behind the Georgia-Pacific Albany Box Plant on Maxwell Drive where 13-year-old Fred Brown drowned Sunday afternoon while fishing with his older brother. The Dougherty County District Attorney’s office is investigating the drowning. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — Albany police say 13-year-old Fred Brown drowned in a retention pond Sunday afternoon while fishing with his 21-year-old brother.

Initial reports indicate the pair were fishing in a retention pond located on the property of the Georgia-Pacific box plant on the 400 block of Maxwell Drive when the younger boy caught a fish and fell into the water.

“All I can say right now is that we can confirm there was a tragic drowning Sunday in the retention pond of our Albany box plant,” Georgia-Pacific spokesperson Peggy Jaye said Monday morning. “We are currently cooperating with authorities and extend our sympathy to the family.”

Jaye added that the retention pond is located on Georgia-Pacific property and the brothers were not authorized to be on the property.

The case and investigation have been turned over to the Dougherty County District Attorney’s Child Death Team.