Foul play not suspected in 2 deaths in Central Park waters

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

The NYPD's Emergency Service Unit and the FDNY fished the body out of the water and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No one has been arrested and an investigation is ongoing, police said in an emailed statement.

Conversely, he said, the body found Wednesday has been identified because the man's identification "was in his pocket", according to the chief of detectives. Investigators were working to confirm the ID.

The discovery of the body comes less than 24 hours after another body was found in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Tuesday afternoon near Central Park West and 90th Street.

The second body was found just a day later, on Wednesday this week, in the famous park's Swan Lake.

The man appeared to be in his 30's, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, adding that he had been in the water one or two weeks and that his identification was found in his trousers pocket.

"There's no criminality right now", he said.

Human remains found in bodies of water are referred to as "floaters" by the police. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, though officials say the corpse could have been in the lake for at least a week.

Swan Lake, at the southeast corner of the park, is surrounded by pink and white azaleas, Japanese maples and other lush vegetation and is populated with all manner of birds.

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