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Man found dead in pond in Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: October 13, 2016
  • Published October 13, 2016

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.

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