How Did 2 Teachers Both Drown in a Backyard Swimming Pool?

The bodies of Kenneth Anderson, 57, and Mark Anderson, 60, were found in a pool in the backyard of a Davenport home at 8:53 p.m. Monday, police said. The men were not related, cops said.
Handout

Two Iowa teachers were found dead in a swimming pool in what authorities have said was a double accidental drowning.

The bodies of Kenneth Anderson, 57, and Mark Anderson, 60, were found in a pool in the backyard of a Davenport home at 8:53 p.m. Monday, police said. The men were not related, cops said.

The pair were house-sitting for the property’s owner, who had not heard from them in 24 hours and called law enforcement. Detectives are still investigating, but their preliminary findings indicated both men drowned, police said.

Kenneth was a teacher and coach at Bellevue Middle School-High School, while Mark had retired in 2014 before becoming a substitute teacher, authorities said. 

“Please keep Ken and his family/friends in your thoughts, along with Mark and his family/friends,” Bellevue Community Schools Superintendent Tom Meyer said on Twitter. 

“Listening” and counseling services were offered at the middle school and high school Wednesday, he noted. 

The men were house-sitting for John Wisor, who described the pair as “saints.”

“[Kenneth and Mark] were two of my great friends; two of the greatest people I have ever known," Wisor told the Des Moines Register. "It was a tragic accident. It’s horrible that this happened, but tragedies happen sometimes. Everyone should feel bad."

The circumstances surrounding the men’s deaths remained a mystery Thursday as officials said they would provide no further information regarding the incident. 

“Even if you slipped and fell and hit your head, that would be one person,” local shop owner Cindy Denike told WXMI-TV. “But is it likely two people would do that? I don’t know – it’s odd.”

Davenport Police Major Jeff Bladel declined to address any speculation surrounding the deaths, but said authorities had been able to rule out the possibility that they were electrocuted, the Muscatine Journal reported.

Services for both men will be jointly held Saturday at the Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, with a funeral service to follow. 

RELATED STORIES

Father of 7 Drowns Trying to Save 2 of His Children Swept Out to Sea

Olympic Swimmer Saves Man From Drowning

Dad Drowns Trying to Save 3-Year-Old Son Who Fell Into Lake on Father's Day Weekend