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Teen's body pulled from pond five days after being chased by police

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Demonta Deshawn Gaither, 19. (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail) Demonta Deshawn Gaither, 19. (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

A Charlotte teenager's body has been pulled from a pond in southeast Charlotte five days after police say they chased him after an attempted car break-in.

The body of 19-year-old Demonta Deshawn Gaither was pulled from a pond off of Billingsley Road on Monday afternoon.

Police say Gaither was involved in attempted car break-ins on Thursday night along the 3200 block Eastover Ridge Drive. A caller told 911 to say two men attempting to break in to cars in the area.

According to police, officers spotted the men who ran away. Officers began to chase them on foot but reportedly lost sight of them in a wooded area along Billingsley Road.

Police briefly searched the area but stopped when they found no evidence of a car break in on Eastover Ridge Drive.

On Sunday, Gaither's mom reported him missing.

She told police that he might have jumped in to a pond off of Billingsley after running from police last week and has not been seen since.

Another man, Cedric Young, told police he was with Gaither when he jumped into the pond. He showed officers where it happened.

"During his interview Mr. Young stated that the police were no longer chasing him and Mr. Gaither when they entered the water nor did he ever observe Mr. Gaither exit the pond," police told WBTV.

Officers say they didn't see either man get into the pond.

The Charlotte Fire Department Dive Team searched the pond for Gaither and found his body around 1 p.m. on Monday.

Police say there was no foul play, but Gaither's family and friends disagree.
"I just believe in God. I believe in God and we'll get to the bottom of this and see exactly what happened," said Gaither's Aunt Angela Gaither.

"He had a smile like Kobe Bryant. I watched him just a couple of weeks ago hold his son while his son was sleeping on his shoulder and to see him bonding with his baby is the hardest part to process for me," said Gaither's friend Robert Gaddy.

Anyone with additional information concerning this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.  To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/ 

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