Medical examiner: Missing Danbury man died from accidental drowning

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DANBURY — The man whose body was found submerged in a Mill Plain Road pond last month died from an accidental drowning, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Todd Henry Smith’s body was discovered in a retention pond near the entrance to the Westwood Village Condominiums on Mill Plain Road the evening of April 8 — nearly three months after being reported missing.

Smith was last seen alive Jan. 16, in the 90 block of Mill Plain Road. Investigators said he often frequented towns in the Danbury area and had been seen “pushing a red bicycle.”

According to his obituary, Smith loved riding his bicycle.

Born in Colorado in February 1963, Smith moved to Connecticut with his family at a very early age.

He grew up in Brookfield and New Milford before settling in Danbury, where he lived for more than 35 years, according to his obituary.

In addition to biking and fitness, Smith’s loved ones said he loved his family and friends and making people laugh.

Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour said Smith’s body was discovered April 8, after a passerby spotted what appeared to be a body in the Mill Plain pond and called police.

Police said a preliminary investigation and examination did not reveal any “apparent signs of trauma.”

Smith’s family plans to hold a memorial service in Tennessee at a later date, according to his obituary.