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Drowning victim identified

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

Authorities on Monday identified the man they say drowned in a water-filled quarry in northern Frederick County Friday night.

Ronald David Jenkins, 49, of Bealeton, Fauquier County, died from accidental drowning, according to Capt. Allen Sibert of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary autopsy report performed on Jenkins at the state medical examiner's office in Manassas showed the victim died from accidental drowning, Sibert said Monday.

Authorities are still awaiting the results of a toxicology report, but Sibert indicated no further investigation is likely.

Jenkins, his girlfriend and another female companion went to the quarry off Ebert Road near Martinsburg Pike and at some point the victim decided to go for a swim, according to Sibert.

The females were from Bealeton and Winchester. At least one of the females joined him in the water, Sibert said. At some point the victim went under the water and did not resurface, according to Sibert.

Frederick County emergency dispatch received a call at about 8:20 p.m. The Gainesboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company deployed boats and divers from Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company found the body at about 10:30 p.m., according to Sibert.

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