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Discoveries of two bodies in water at Central Park likely a grisly ‘coincidence’: chief

Posted at 8:23 AM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 18:15:58-04

CENTRAL PARK — A body was found in the pond at Central Park Wednesday morning, the second time in as many days that a corpse was found floating in a body of water at the park, police said.

There's "no criminality right now to show that it's anything more than a coincidence," Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.

In both cases, a maintenance worker at the park made the grisly discovery. Neither body showed obvious signs of trauma, Boyce said.

The body of a man in his 30s was found floating inside Swan Lake, near 59th Street and East Drive, on Wednesday morning.

Citing preliminary information, Boyce said it appears the body had been in the lake for a week or two, at most. Detectives have tentatively identified him based on an ID found inside his pants pocket, though that name is not being released yet, Boyce said.

It was the second time in two days that a body was discovered inside the iconic greenspace.

A maintenance worker on Tuesday morning found a naked body floating in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre decommissioned reservoir, near Central Park West and West 90th Street.

The body, believed to be that of a man between 20 and 30 years old, was so badly decomposed that detectives have not yet been able to secure an identification, Boyce said.

In that case, the body may have been in the water for over a month, Boyce said.

The last time a body was found in Central Park was in 2015, Boyce said, calling this week's discoveries "unusual."