PULLMAN, Wash. -- Police confirmed a Washington State University professor was found dead in a pond at Sunnyside Park Wednesday morning.

Authorities said Dr. Scott Stratton s family reported him missing Tuesday night after his dog came home from a walk without him. After having no luck with a search overnight, police found the Stratton, 51, floating in a park pond around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Whitman County Coroner tentatively ruled the death as an accidental and police said there was no evidence or suspicion of foul play. Family reported the man did have a history of medical issues.

Stratton was a history professor at WSU.

The History Department is much diminished by his passing, said Department of History Chair Raymond Sun in a statement released to Stratton s students.

Stratton received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona according to his biography on the WSU website. Stratton taught upper division courses on the American Civil War, American Popular Culture, the senior-level 469 seminar on the 1960's counterculture era, as well as a class that focuses on the use of historical memory and legacy studies in relation to the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination.

An autopsy to determine the actual cause of death was pending. The next of kin have been notified.

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