Published 2:08 pm Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A body was found just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in a pond off Diana Street in Troy.

A body was found just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning in a pond off Diana Street in Troy.

Commissioner Homer Wright was bush hogging around a privately-owned pond off Diana Street Wednesday morning when he made a shocking discovery.

“The odor hit me in the nose and I saw an object in the water,” Wright said. “Then I was able to see his arms and able to see it was a body.”

Wright called the police a little after 10 a.m. to report what he had found and the Troy Police Department, Troy Fire Department, CARE Ambulance, District Attorney’s Office and Pike County Coroner all responded to help with the investigation.

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“We recovered the body,” Weed said, shortly after the person was pulled from the pond. “We have no identification at this time.”

Police are waiting on an autopsy report to confirm the person’s identity, but Wright feels confident the body is Robert Earl Teague, 44, of Diana Street. Police released information Wednesday asking for the public’s help in finding Teague. His family reported him missing and told officers they had not seen him since Sept. 14.


Although Weed said police weren’t speculating Wednesday whether or not the body was Teague, he did say the body had likely been in the pond several days and no foul play is suspected.

Wright said he’d never been in the situation of finding a body before and the Wednesday discovery almost didn’t happen.

Wright was originally supposed to bush hog the area about three weeks ago and was delayed. He was near Diana Street on Wednesday and with reports of looming rain, he wanted to get started on clearing the property.

“A neighbor saw it earlier and didn’t realize what it was,” Wright said. “I’m proud that I was able to see it and help the family know what happened.”

It could be several days before an autopsy report confirms the body in the pond on Diana Street was Teague, or identifies the person as someone else.