The Erie County Coroner’s Office is working to identify a man who was found dead in a pond in Summit Township.
A man was found dead in the middle of a pond behind a Abington Crest Retirement Home in Summit Township Tuesday afternoon. Coroner Lyell Cook says he believes the body has been there for days.
Lake City Water Rescue responded to the scene and brought that body to shore.
Cook has yet to determine whether or not the man drown. He says his initial examination didn’t show any signs of gunshot wounds, stab wounds or anything of that nature, but cannot rule out foul play.
Officials from the retirement home say that all of their residents are accounted for. They say an employee was doing a routine maintenance check on the grounds when they found the body lying in the middle of the pond and called police.
“Someone had noticed something out there and initially thought that it was maybe a bag of garbage or something because it was far enough out,” Cook said. “You couldn’t tell.”
Cook describes the man as a white male believed to be in his 30’s. When asked if the body could be that of a missing Erie man, 38-year-old, David Shreve, Cook said he’s looking into it. According to police, Shreve was last seen on August 20th. Cook says he has an idea of who the victim may be, but cannot confirm that identity or release the name until further examination.
Cook says the remains are in ‘very poor condition,’ and says it will take a few days to determine the cause of death and to identify the man. He says once the man is identified and the cause of death is determined, it will be up to police to figure out how the man ended up in the pond.