Update: One friend tried to rescue the other at East Davenport home, both drowned

Update: One friend tried to rescue the other at East Davenport home, both drowned


One of the men who drowned Monday in a backyard swimming pool was attempting to rescue the other, Davenport police have confirmed.

Surveillance video at the home off Jersey Ridge Road in the Village of East Davenport, owned by businessman John Wisor, captured the accidental drownings of Mark Anderson and Ken Anderson, who were not related.

The men were house-sitting for Wisor and had been out with friends before returning to check on the house. Ken Anderson entered the pool, got into trouble in the water, and Mark Anderson tried to rescue him, Davenport Police Chief Paul Sikorski said Thursday.

"It certainly appears that way from the video," he said of the accident.

A friend who had been with the Andersons earlier in the day went to Wisor's house Monday evening, looking for the men. Police were called to the house shortly before 9 p.m. and began an investigation that since has been declared accidental drownings.

Many people have speculated on social media this week about what may have happened to the men, given the unusual circumstances of a double drowning of adults in a backyard swimming pool.

One common theory involved electrocution, which has been dispelled.

Mark Anderson, 60, retired from teaching in 2014 from North Scott High School in Eldridge. Ken Anderson, 57, was a social studies teacher at Bellevue High School.

Funeral arrangements for both men, who were long-time friends, are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

Toxicology results are pending.


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