Former Orlando police officer dies after jumping into Lake Minneola

A former Orlando police officer, David Arenas, passed away earlier this week after jumping into Lake Minneola in Clermont. Arenas served with the department from 1992 until his retirement as a lieutenant in 2020.

The tragic incident occurred on Monday, May 13, while Arenas was enjoying the water with his family. Following his leap into the lake, he failed to resurface. 

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The Lake County Sheriff's Office dive team conducted a search and located his body several hours later.  Arenas was 64.

Authorities search for a missing swimmer in Lake Minneola, Monday, May 13, 2024. [Credit: Rick Molinaro]