No foul play suspected after man found dead in Juneau ditch

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Juneau police say there were no signs of foul play after the body of a man was found partially submerged in a drainage ditch.

The Juneau Empire reports the man was identified as 55-year-old Gary D. Brummitt of Juneau.

Someone walking on a bike path in the Mendenhall Valley found the body Thursday.

The body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The body of a deceased man was found floating in a pond in Juneau on Thursday morning, according to police.

The pond is located along a bike path near the intersection between Mendenhall Loop Road and Egan Drive, police wrote in a statement. A passerby noticed the person floating in the pond while walking on the bike path and contacted police.

“Juneau Police Officers and medics with Capital City Fire Rescue responded to the intersection and discovered a deceased male partially submerged in the pond,” police wrote. “A wheelchair was found near the male.”

Investigators were still on scene as of 1 p.m. and police say the bike path has been closed to pedestrians but the roadway remains open to traffic. Police are asking the public to avoid the area.

“This is a developing investigation,” JPD said. “More details will be provided when available.”



 
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