BERLIN TWP. - Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell ruled that the cause of death of the Berlin Township man found in a pond at the victim’s home, Monday night, July 10, was due to accidental drowning.

The deceased was identified as 51 year old James R. Cease, whose home is on Branning Road in Berlin Township. The call was made to 9-1-1 just before 8 p.m. He was located in a small, private pond. The Coroner pronounced him as deceased at 9:32 p.m.

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark James was also on scene for the investigation, as well as PA State Police. An autopsy was conducted.