Authorities are investigating what appears to be an accidental drowning at a house northwest of Canton.

According to a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office incident report:

Deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon when a homeowner discovered a body in her swimming pool.

The woman who discovered the body told a responding deputy that she had received a call Sunday afternoon from her sister saying that she believed a friend had left a pair of shoes near the pool.

The woman went to the pool and saw a pair of shoes sitting on the diving board. She then saw a large dark object in the deep end of the pool. She used a pool cleaning pole to life the object up, saw that it was a body and called for help.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker the body was identified as that of 31-year-old Michael Patrick Duchene of Kennesaw.

“Although the incident remains under investigation, preliminary indications are that this was an accidental drowning,” Baker said. “According to witness statements, there had been a party at the residence the night before. The victim, who did not reside at the residence was last seen at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning.”

The incident occurred off Timberland Drive between Canton and Waleska.

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