Body of man, 76, found floating in NYC's Central Park lake days after another corpse was discovered

Body of man, 76, found floating in NYC's Central Park lake days after another corpse was discovered
Man, 76, was found dead at New York City's Central Park lake on Monday, October 10 (centralpark.com)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Just days after the body of a young man was recovered from a lake in New York City’s Central Park, another corpse was reported to be floating face-down in the waters. The police found the body of the 76-year-old man in Turtle Pond near Belvedere Castle around 4.30 pm on Monday afternoon, October 10, as per a report by the New York Post.

Earlier, a park maintenance worker had reported the body of an unidentified man in his 20s in the lake on Friday, October 7, on the west side of the lake close to 79th Street around 2 pm, according to a report by Patch. Police stated that the body had already begun to decompose, while the clothes were still on his body.

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In the elderly man’s case, emergency crews were called to the scene, when the body was spotted by someone before being removed by the NYPD Emergency Services Unit. It is claimed that the man may have been sick before falling into the body of water, the New York Post reports in an official statement. The Medical Examiner’s Office will officially determine the cause of his death. As of now, there no evidence of foul play has been found.

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Although the gruesome findings of two deaths in the span of just four days have prompted safety worries, this isn't the first instance where bodies have been found at NYC's renowned tourist destination. These findings come a year after police declared a third death in Central Park to be a murder.

Elvis Garcia, a young homeless man’s body was found by a park gardener on the east side of the park on September 22, 2021. However, the cause of his death remained unknown over a period of time, as per the Patch report. Garcia, 26, had a black rope around his neck at the time his body was removed from Native Meadow, a quiet area on East 65th near the Central Park Zoo, reported The Sun. It’s been nine months since his body was discovered, and the cause of his death is now known to be strangulation, after closely studying the complications of the knot the rope was found in.

According to a NYPD spokesperson it was "knotted in such a way that he couldn't have done that himself," reported Patch. Further, a medical examiner confirmed it was "asphyxia due to strangulation." The authority hasn’t arrested anyone yet in relation to Garcia’s death.

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