The last time close friends saw Quintin Carter, he asked to borrow a bicycle so he could ride to a woman's house.
Five hours later, Carter's body was found at the bottom of the pool at Castlewood Aquatic Center.
Lifeguards who were inspecting the Lexington public pool shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday pulled out Carter, 29, before calling 911, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. Police and paramedics responded.
Although homicide detectives were investigating, "there is not any indication that this is a homicide situation or that foul play is involved," Roberts said.
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The cause of death was not released Wednesday.
Carter apparently scaled the fence surrounding the pool overnight, leaving outside the purple mountain bike he had borrowed from a family friend.
Lexington fire Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said officials found clothing and a can of spray paint outside the fence. The paint can was rolled inside a shirt, which could indicate the victim had been huffing paint before he wound up in the pool, according to fire officials at the scene.
However, that cannot be determined until toxicology reports are returned.
Deputy Coroner Shea Willis said an autopsy would be performed Thursday morning.
Carter had been staying with family friends for four weeks at a home on Darley Drive, about two blocks from the aquatic center.
Mary Burton, who rents the house, said she took Carter in while he tried to get on his feet. Carter and his sisters were close friends with Burton's children when they were adolescents.
"He feels like my son because he's been around the family growing up," Burton said, fighting tears. "It hurts bad."
Carter did odd jobs like roofing and was supposed to do landscaping work Wednesday morning.
Burton said she was dismayed that news reports focused on the possibility Carter had been huffing paint.
Carter had used paint fumes to get high when he was younger, and she'd caught Carter huffing about two weeks ago, Burton said. He had been clean for some time, she said, but he had been depressed recently because of personal problems.
Burton last saw Carter about midnight Tuesday after he'd had an argument with someone over the phone. About 5 a.m. he asked her brother to borrow his bicycle. Carter rode off to visit a friend on Limestone.
Instead, he was removed from the bottom of the pool at 320 Parkview Avenue near Bryan Avenue Wednesday morning.
At 1 p.m., the pool opened for the last day of its summer season.
Before reopening the pool, the water was tested by pool staff and by officials from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to ensure that it met all regulations, the city said in a news release.
Tena Seaver abandoned plans to swim at Castlewood after finding the aquatic center closed and then learning it would be reopened just hours after a body was found.
"We'll come back next year," she said.
As for Carter, he was a good swimmer, Burton said as she struggled to absorb his loss.
"He was more than the guy in the pool. He had a heart," she said. "He was really loved."