JPD Officer Mattie Shriver put up police tape at 9010 Atlin on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. A body was reportedly found in a pond behind the house. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JPD Officer Mattie Shriver put up police tape at 9010 Atlin on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. A body was reportedly found in a pond behind the house. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Breaking: Body found in backyard pond of a Juneau home

Police are investigating.

Juneau police on Wednesday responded to a report of a body that was found in a pond in the backyard of a Mendenhall Valley home.

A pond at 9010 Atlin Drive on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A pond at 9010 Atlin Drive on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The deceased person was not able to be identified immediately, Juneau Police Department Sgt. Brian Dallas said on scene at about 4:30 p.m.

“(The person) appears to be male, but we’re not sure,” Dallas said. “Right now, we’re contacting the medical examiner’s office, preparing to ship him or her up to Anchorage for an autopsy.”

JPD detectives leave 9010 Atlin Drive as a body is driven away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JPD detectives leave 9010 Atlin Drive as a body is driven away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JPD and Capital City Fire/Rescue Special Teams worked together to successfully remove the body from the water, located behind the home at 9010 Atlin Drive. A JPD press release states the body was found floating about 25 feet from shore, in about four feet of water in a marshy area with tall thick grass.

Authorities received the original report at about 3:45 p.m., and left the scene by about 5 p.m.

A cause of the person’s death was not immediately apparent, JPD spokesperson Erann Kalwara said in a later press release. She said also the person is believed to be an adult male.

The home’s occupants stood in their yard for a time, but declined interview requests.

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel pack up after helping the Juneau Police Department recover a body found in a pond behind 9010 Atlin Drive on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel pack up after helping the Juneau Police Department recover a body found in a pond behind 9010 Atlin Drive on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)


Contact reporter Peter Segall at 523-2228 or psegall@juneauempire.com.


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