The man who was found floating in a "shallow" pond by Indian Trail Road Tuesday morning died as a result of an accidental drowning, the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office determined.
Shortly after 6 a.m., police and firefighters responded to the bridge that runs over Beaver Ruin Creek in unincorporated Norcross after receiving a 911 call from a man who found the body, which was fully clothed and lying face down in a retention pond, according Gwinnett County Police Department spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera.
“Not knowing if this incident (was) related to a crime or not, the Crime Scene Unit along with members of the Criminal Investigations Section responded,” Pihera said. “After photographs were taken of the scene, the GCFD Water Rescue Team entered the water. They collected possible evidence and eventually removed the body from the water.”
Police did not immediately know who the man was, though the medical examiner's office was able to later identify him, Pihera said Wednesday.
"After the (medical examiner's) office discovered his identity, they found that he had a lengthy medical history," Pihera said. "The investigator at the ME’s Office determined that the manner/cause of death was accidental drowning. His toxicology is still pending."
Police are still working to notify the man's next-of-kin, Pihera said. Once they do, his name will be released.