Police investigating cause of death of Baltimore man who died after swimming in Gunpowder River

An autopsy was performed Monday on the Baltimore man who died Sunday after swimming in the Gunpowder River.

The cause of death is still under investigation, said Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for the state’s Natural Resource Police.

Mohamed Ahmady Elgouhary, 27, was jumping off rocks and swimming with his girlfriend in the Gunpowder Falls State Park before he was found unresponsive in the river, according to Thomson. The incident occurred near the CSX railway accessed from Jones Road.

His girlfriend had left him to look at her phone as Elgouhary continued to jump off rocks and swim. When she looked up again, he was face down in the river, according to Thomson.

The girlfriend began to scream for help and two park visitors came to help fetch him out of the river, Thomson said. They and the girlfriend performed CPR until Baltimore County Emergency Medical Services units arrived and continued emergency resuscitation efforts.

Elgouhary was taken to Franklin Square Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

"He was a good person who loved to work and have fun," said his brother Ahmed Elgouhary, 22. "He wanted to build a future."

Mohamed Elgouhary was originally from Egypt and emigrated to the United States at age 15, according to his brother, who said he'll be sending his remains back to Egypt to be with his parents.

"After all these years, he'll be going back to his family, but dead," Ahmed Elgouhary said.

Ahmed Elgouhary said Mohamed had called him while he was swimming with his girlfriend to see if he could come swim with him. Ahmed told his brother he couldn't go.

Not long after, he received a call from his brother's girlfriend saying he had drowned.



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