Martha’s Vineyard police left the reason for the 911 call reporting the drowning of Obama’s private chef Tafari Campbell in the official logs the night of the accident, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Tafari, 45, fell in the water on Sunday night while paddle boarding on Great Edgartown Pond. He was not alone on the water, but police refuse to name the person he was with.
At 7:46 p.m. a 911 call was made to report that he had fallen and could not get to the surface.
This call is noted in the Edgartown Police Department logs, but the reason behind it is left visibly blank. The reason for each other call for that night is given.
The origin of the call is also listed as Wilson’s Landing – a paddle board launch site, about two miles from the Obamas’ home on Turkeyland Cove, from where Massachusetts State Police said the first call came.
Edgartown Police Department logs from July 23, the night of the drowning, show a call at 7:46 p.m. – the time the call was made to report Campbell’s accident – but the reason n was not specified. He was also described as coming from Wilson’s Landing, which is 2 miles from the Obama residence.
There was a flurry of activity in the vicinity of the Obama residence the night of the accident. A neighbor recovered his paddle board sometime after 7:46 p.m. but his body was not found by police until the following day. At 11:40 p.m. that evening, a neighbor at a nearby residence suffered a medical emergency
Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee told DailyMail.com the call log was generated by the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office.
He could only speculate as to why the reason for the call is left blank, saying it may be because the caller from Obama’s property did not dial 911, which automatically generates location data, and instead called a business line directly.
He also said the address was listed as Wilson’s Landing because it was the public launch used as a command post.
By the time the call came, authorities did not know where the drowning had occurred and so used the staging site for the incident location, he said.
The property has a private beach from which a paddle board can be easily launched. At the time of the drowning, Barack and Michelle were out of the house.
It’s unclear whether Sasha and Malia – who were also in town – were at home, or with friends or parents.
At 11:40 p.m. another 911 call was made from a neighbor’s house to report that an elderly woman had fallen down the stairs.
Chief McNamee said it had nothing to do with the on-water accident.
The Obamas’ office did not respond to requests for clarification of who was in the house when Campbell’s accident happened.
Dispatch calls between Martha’s Vineyard emergency services confirm there was a second paddleboard on the water with him.
They also confirm that the initial 911 call to report what happened was from a woman who, at 8:18 p.m., was on the water on a boat going back and forth – presumably looking for her.
“We met the flagman, she is on a boat with two individuals and they are also going back and forth,” said one of the rescuers at 8:23 p.m.
Tafari Campbell died in a still unexplained accident on the pond behind the Obamas’ house. He had been out paddling on calm water last night and was seen falling off the board
This person also remains unidentified. It is unclear if this was the person Campbell was paddleboarding with.
Campbell’s body was found at 10 a.m. on Monday – more than 12 hours after he fell in the water.
He was found 100 feet from shore in approximately 8 feet of water.
Massachusetts State Police have since concluded that his death was not suspicious.
Sasha, 22, and Malia, 25, were spotted leaving Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday after the family’s private head died
Wilson’s Landing, where the call log says the first report came from. The Obamas have their own beach at the foot of their property
He suffered no external trauma when he was pulled out of the water.
The results of the toxicological test carried out during his autopsy have not yet been returned.
The Obamas paid tribute to Campbell as a “beloved member of the family.”
Malia and Sasha Obama flew out of Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday. Malia was spotted in Los Angeles today.
We still think the Obamas are on the island.
Campbell’s wife, Sherise, released a brief statement Monday to say she would be heartbroken “forever.”
He had worked for the Obamas for 14 years, first in the White House and then privately.
Barack and Michelle have not been seen since June 30, when they were spotted in Greece. They enjoyed a luxury yacht vacation with their daughters and also hung out with Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson.