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Obama chef’s clothing found separate from his body after drowning, police records show: Report

Former President Barack Obama releases his endorsement of Joe Biden for president, April 14, 2020. (Barack Obama/Released)
August 25, 2023

After former President Barack Obama’s personal chef drowned near Obama’s home last month, police found the chef’s clothing separate from his body, according to records obtained by a government watchdog group through the Massachusetts Public Records law.

Judicial Watch reported that it obtained 18 pages of records from the Edgarton, Massachusetts, Police Department on Thursday. While many of the details from the drowning of Tafari Campbell on July 23 were redacted, the records indicated that authorities were able to locate Obama’s personal chef by using sonar technology.

In addition to the discovery that Campbell’s clothes were found separate from his body, the records noted that the chef was not wearing a life vest.

Campbell’s body was discovered in a pond located behind Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard property last month.

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Records of a July 23 computer-aided dispatch Incident Report state, “Rev’vd a 911 call from the above noted RP [reporting person] who identified as a Secret Service member. RP is req [requesting] at least an ambulance response, unsure of the exact services needed.”

The report documents the deployment of a zodiac boat and a rescue swimmer following the request for an ambulance.

“RP adv no lifevest was worn, they have recovered the paddle board and clothing,” the report states. “Still no contact with missing party. They still have a boat and rescue swimmers in the area.”

The records show that at 8:25 p.m., the Oak Bluffs Fire Department deployed a diving team, while a Coast Guard helicopter and a state police helicopter were both deployed at 8:36 p.m.

Previously, it was confirmed by the Massachusetts’ Chief Medical Examiner that Campbell, age 45, died as the result of a drowning accident. Campbell was reportedly paddle boarding on Edgartown Great Pond prior to the incident. His body was recovered the following day by divers with the Massachusetts State Police.

“It is concerning that Judicial Watch had to push and push for information on this tragic death, such as the new revelation that the Obama’s Secret Service protection reported Mr. Campbell missing,” said Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president.