Body found in pond behind home in Cumru

Police, coroner treating death as 'suspicious'

Body found in Cumru Twp. private pond

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Authorities are investigating the "suspicious" death of a man whose body was found in a pond in Berks County.

The discovery was made shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday behind a home on Mount Penn Road in Cumru Township, south of Reading.

The homeowner reportedly spotted something floating in the pond and walked to the water's edge for a closer look, That's when he realized what he saw was a man's body face-down in the water.

"It was alarming and concerning to the property owners," said Chief Madison Winchester, Cumru Township Police Department. "Because of the body being in a body of water and the water being a different temperature than the air, it's hard to determine exactly how long the individual was there."

Police cordoned off the area with crime scene tape while they and the coroner conducted their on-scene investigation.

"For this to occur, there's a lot of questions," said Winchester. "It's not common. Individuals don't traverse through that area, that private property, even down that road is somewhat out of the way, windy and secluded."

Winchester told 69 News that the body is that of a 41-year-old man, He declined to release his name, but said he is not known to the homeowners and not from the area, providing police with more questions than answers.

"We are treating this as a suspicious death because we don't have those answers," he said.

An autopsy will most likely be done Thursday.


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