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Obama’s personal chef found drowned near family estate |

The body of former President Barack Obama’s personal chef was found drowned near the family’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard.

On Sunday, Massachusetts State Police launched a search for a missing paddleboarder after a fellow paddleboarder said the man “struggled to the surface, sank and didn’t surface,” according to the Associated Press. The man was later identified as Tafari Campbell, 45, of Dumfries, Virginia, former President Barack Obama’s personal chef, who had been visiting the Martha’s Vineyard home. None of the Obamas were present at the time of his death.

Campbell’s body was recovered from the Edgartown Great Pond on Monday. According to the Vineyard Gazette, environmental police located her body “using a ship’s sonar”:

The investigation into the death of Mr. Campbell is being pursued by state police officers with the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office and Edgartown Police.

Island police and firefighters conducted door-to-door searches following the missing persons report, as well as late-night dives, Edgartown Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer wrote in a statement in the Gazette.

Firefighters also searched the shore of the pond on foot.


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