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STAFF REPORT, The York Dispatch

A Heidelberg Township man died after being found in a pond under a lawn tractor, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Timothy Stockslager, 54, was seen mowing in the 6000 block of Hoke's Road in Manheim Township about 10:10 a.m. Monday. At 10:21 a.m., he was found in a pond on the property, with the lawn tractor on top of him, Coroner Pam Gay said in a news release Thursday.

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Emergency medical personnel and Southwestern Regional Police were called to the scene and began resuscitation efforts on Stockslager, the coroner said.

Despite treatment, Stockslager died at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Gay said.

Southwestern Regional Police said two people spotted Stockslager submerged in the pond. They got him to dry land and started CPR, police said.

A Lineboro, Maryland, fire/rescue crew was able to revive Stockslager at the scene, but he later died at Hanover Hospital, according to police.

"The exact cause of death is still pending but by all accounts (it) is accidental in nature," police wrote in a news release.

An autopsy was performed Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

The cause and manner of death are pending the results of toxicology testing, Gay said.