York Regional Police (YRP) are awaiting autopsy results on a local man who died after falling through an ice pond Jan. 4. The ice covered a storm water management pond, where a slew of emergency services found the 48-year-old Markham resident.

The man was pronounced dead at Markham-Stouffville Hospital after being pulled out of the water in the early evening. The YRP enlisted their marine unit and a helicopter to try to save the victim.

The community in the Mingay Avenue and Raspberry Ridge Drive neighbourhood were up in arms over the incident. Several took to social media with questions about and footage of the incident.

One local resident captured this footage of the rescue efforts by Fire and Emergency services.

Police were alerted to the scene by a 911 phone call reporting that two dogs were tied to a tree near the pond. Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, folded articles of clothing were found near the scene.