Medical Examiner works to identify man found dead in retention pond
Police Chief talking to reporters about body found in Olmsted Township
Scene where body is found on McKenzie Rd. just north of Cook.
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner tells 19 Action News the person found in a retention pond Wednesday evening is still listed as an "unidentified white male."
The badly decomposed body was found in a pond behind an Olmsted Township house on McKenzie Road just north of Cook.
"I just saw the body floating on top of the pond. I came out and took a look and thought it was a mannequin. And by then the police arrived," said Colin Garratt.
Dive teams joined police at the scene to remove the body and search for evidence.
According to Olmsted Township Police Chief John Minek, they believe it is an adult and they have no idea how long it had been there.
"We were able to determine it was a male victim and the body is badly decomposed and we couldn't even determine the age," said Chief John Minek.
At least one nearby resident said he was not surprised by the discovery.
"It doesn't surprise me that something happened over here because I live down the street. I've seen a lot of people...how do you say...undesirables maybe," said Chris Dunlap.
"Right now, with the condition of the body and there was nothing that we recovered out of there when the dive team actually removed the body from the pond. There was no sign of foul play," said Chief Minek.
They are waiting for Medical Examiner to rule on the exact cause of death.