Elderly woman drowns while house sitting

A 78-year-old woman drowned in a residential pool, according to Paradise Valley police.

At 12:07 p.m. on July 4, the police department responded to a 9-1-1 call stating a 78-year-old woman appeared to have drowned.

The caller identified the victim as his girlfriend, saying she was house sitting a home in the 5800 block of North Palo Cristi Road, according to police.

The caller stated he and his girlfriend normally talk everyday but since they had not conversed in the last two days, he decided to go to the house where he found her floating in the pool, police said.

Paradise Valley police and the Phoenix Fire Department responded to the scene to investigate. Upon arrival, after the first responders removed her from the pool, she was pronounced deceased on scene.

As a reminder during the hot summer, keep an eye on loved ones anytime a body of water is nearby, police said.

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