Body of longtime Arizona Republic reporter found in backyard of Ahwatukee home

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what led to the death of a longtime Arizona Republic reporter whose body was found in the backyard of his Ahwatukee home.

Glen Creno's ex-wife found him face down in a small pond Saturday night, said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.

Paramedics pronounced the 59-year-old dead at the home, which Creno and his ex-wife reportedly shared.

Crump says there were no obvious injuries on Creno's body. While Creno's ex-wife said he had a history of seizures, the Medical Examiner's Office will rule on the cause of his death.

Police say Creno's home was in disarray, but investigators found no immediate signs of forced entry and nothing appeared to be missing.

"[Creno] was  a talented journalist, but more importantly, a great person," said Republic editor Randy Lovely. "He was a true pleasure to work with and he will be missed."

Creno, who was born in Iowa and moved to Arizona in the 1970s, began his career as a reporter at The Phoenix Gazette in 1981, joining the Republic when the two papers merged in 1995.

He is survived a younger brother who lives in Peoria.