A man's body was found in a pond near a Juneau bike path Thursday morning, prompting police to ask that locals avoid the area as they investigated.
Juneau police identified the man later Thursday as 55-year-old local Gary Brummitt. His family has been told about the death.
Officers received a report of the discovery just after 11:15 a.m., in a pond on the east side of Mendenhall Loop Road's intersection with Egan Drive. The caller had seen the body while walking along a bike path, then walked to a nearby Fred Meyer store to report the discovery.
"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 in a statement. "A wheelchair was found near the male."
No signs of foul play were present, police said.
Brummitt's body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.