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Juneau police: Body discovered in covered hot tub

Juneau police reported Monday that a death investigation is underway, prompted by the discovery of a body inside a covered hot tub.

A man called the Juneau Police Department Monday morning shortly after 9 a.m. and told police "he had found what appeared to be a human body inside his covered, outdoor hot tub on Muir Street," police spokesperson Eraan Kalwara said in a statement.

Responding officers went to the scene and removed the hot tub's cover, and confirmed a person was dead inside, Kalwara said.

Investigators are unsure how long the body was in the tub water. Police are still working to identify the remains.

Police have nothing to indicate the deceased and the caller, who owns the home with the hot tub, knew each other, Kalwara said.

She declined to provide the gender and age of the person, but noted the body was not that of a "young child."

The body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner Office for identification assistance as well as determining cause of death.

Officers returned from the scene around 4:30 p.m.. Kalwara said the incident was "very much an active investigation."

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