A resident notified authorities when they saw the body of an elderly white woman floating in the pond inside the apartment complex off Bells Ferry Road on Thursday afternoon, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Baker said the woman was identified as Betty West, 74, of Acworth.
While the cause of death is still under investigation, Baker said “nobody would be swimming in the lake this time of year.”
“Whether it’s an accident, or a homicide, we don’t know yet,” Baker said.
A wide crime scene area was blocked off Thursday afternoon beside the pond where the body was found in Waldan Pond, and Cherokee Sheriff’s Officers were canvasing the nearby apartment buildings.
Baker said an autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.