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The death of a 22-year-old Germantown man, whose body was discovered in a Gaithersburg pond in May, was caused by drowning, according to findings from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Maurice Darnell Munford Jr.’s body was pulled from a pond used to capture runoff from the Lakeforest mall parking lot on May 20. The pond is situated at the busy intersection of Russell and Montgomery Village avenues. Authorities were alerted to Munford’s body at about 10 a.m.

Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office, said the cause of death was “drowning complicated by PCP intoxication.” The manner of death, he said, has been ruled undetermined.

Montgomery County Police Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti said the death investigation concerning Munford was closed after receiving the medical examiner’s report.

“No foul play was suspected,” she said.

According to police, Munford was last seen near Lakeforest mall at around 2 p.m. May 16. His family reported him missing later that day.

jedavis@gazette.net