Pike Co. Commissioner reacts after finding body in pond

Published: Sep. 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT
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TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Troy Police Department has opened an investigation following the discovery of a body in a pond. The discovery was made around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Diana Street.

The body was found by landscaper and County Commissioner Homer Wright as he was cutting grass around the pond. AFter making two rounds around the pond, Wright said he smelled a strong odor, looked down into the water and made the discovery.

"I saw arms on it and realized it was a body," Wright said. "It was my first time seeing a body."

He quickly called police to the scene. Investigators aren't releasing many details, but say it appears the body was in the water for several days. The body was pulled from the water and taken from the scene for an autopsy. Investigators won't even say if it's the body of a male or female at this time.

The autopsy will have to be performed before the police department will make a determination on cause of death, but investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.

The owner of the pond declined to go on camera and did not want to be identified, but said she was alarmed by the discovery. She said it's rare for anyone to be near the pond, that it's been at least two years since it was used for any type of recreation, and she has no idea why someone would be down by it.

Authorities are also working a missing person case involving 44-year-old Robert Earl Teague who was last seen on Diana Street last Saturday, but they have not connected the two investigations at this time.

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