Police tape surrounded the St. Albans City pool Monday afternoon, after spring cleaning led to a disturbing discovery -- the body of an unidentified man.
So far, investigators are releasing few details. "We don't know if it's accidental or if it's homicidal or what, we need to have the medical examiner's office give us a lot of feedback before we can even imagine that," said Franklin County States Attorney Jim Hughes.
St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor says the call came in just after 1 p.m. Monday.He says investigators found no immediate signs of a struggle and the body has likely been in the half-empty, algae-laden pool for a few days.
Authorities have been searching for a missing person, 22-year-old Chris Muir Davis. He disappeared in mid March. He's also a person of interest in a Swanton armed robbery case.
"Once we have information from the medical examiner, that'll give us an estimation of time of death, maybe how long he's been in the water, identity and cause of death," Hughes said.
An autopsy is underway, and results could be released as early as Tuesday morning. But, the how and why of this disturbing story may not be clear for some time.
City police say the body has been tentatively identified, and family notified, but are not releasing the victim's name at the request of the State Police. Facebook posts by friends and family of Chris Davis, indicate he is the victim.