Body of WSU professor found in Pullman pond

PULLMAN, Wash. -Pullman Police are investigating the discovery of the body of a WSU professor found in a pond at Sunnyside Park Wednesday morning.

According to police, a 51-year-old male Pullman resident took his dog for a walk Tuesday night at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. the dog came home alone and the family became worried.  

The family called police at 10:30 p.m. and police immediately started searching the area. 

Around 6:30 Wednesday morning the man's body was located in the pond at Sunnyside Park,

Police are preliminarily labeling the death as accidental; there was nothing suspicious found at the scene and the pond was partially frozen over leading them to believe that he could have fallen in. 

The victim also has a history of medical problems so they are not ruling out natural causes.

While the victim's name will not be released until after the coroner finishes his investigation and determines a cause of death, officials at Washington State University did confirm the victim was a history professor.