Police in Branson say a man drowned early this morning while they were trying to find him.

Officers say they got a call around the Wyndham Branson at the Meadows near Fall Creek.

Investigators say it was a report of a prowler in the area.

As police were trying to surround him that’s when they heard a noise in a nearby pond and that’s where they believe he drowned.

The Taney County Coroner released the man’s name Monday. Lyman Bryce Gardner Jr. died near Hunter Lane in Branson. he was a 31 year old man from Hollister.

The coroner says an autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday.