Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found in a pond in Kidderminster this morning.
West Mercia Police said the unidentified man was discovered in the water near Chaucer Street.
The scene has been cordoned off by officers while investigation work is carried out, the force added.
A statement released on the force's Twitter page said: "This investigation is at an early stage and it is unlikely that any further information will be released today."
Residents said they were shocked at the incident, especially at this time of year.
Rachel Cadwallader, an 88-year-old great-grandmother-of-two, told the Express & Star: "I got up late because I had a lie-in and at first I thought there must have been an accident on the corner.
"I was watching and waiting to see what it was. This is not something you expect to happen at all, and certainly not on Boxing Day."
Additional reporting by Press Association