Catawba County investigators hope an autopsy will provide more answers about the death of a man whose body was found in a pond on Thursday.
Authorities believe Dennis Gross, 58, stepped off a deck, fell into the water and struck his head on a rock.
But Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said investigators don’t yet know whether Gross died by drowning, or from the head injury.
The incident happed at a landscape pond near a mobile home on Alex Road in Hickory.
The Sheriff’s Office left the scene around noon Thursday. Gross’ body is expected to be sent for an autopsy.
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