The body of an Amesbury man was found Sunday morning inside a car submerged in a privately owned pond in Lee.

Lee Police said the residents of a home on Wadleigh Falls Road near the border with Newmarket notified police around 7:30 a.m. when they first noticed the 2018 Honda CRV in their pond. When police and fire personnel arrived, they learned that a neighbor heard a loud noise coming from area of the pond around 3:15 a.m.

An investigation determined the car driven by Matthew Hayes, 37, was heading west on Wadleigh Falls Rd when it went off the road, struck two large pine trees, and went into the pond.

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