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Shortly after dawn on Friday, September 30, police recovered the body of a young man from one of Central Park’s lakes.

A maintenance worker in New York’s Central Park found a fully clothed, unidentified male in his 20s floating in one of the park’s lakes around 2 p.m. The man was unconscious and unresponsive when EMS responded to the sighting. He was pronounced dead at the scene by New York Police Department officers.

An NYPD spokesman confirmed that foul play is not suspected at this time, but police are still investigating. They are going through missing person reports to try and identify the body. The deceased’s identity will remain unknown until the autopsy is complete.

Responders wheeled a covered body away on a gurney as police cordoned off the area.

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Other dead bodies found in Central Park

On September 22, 2021, a body was found in Central Park, near East 65th Street and East Drive, in the grass in an area known as A Native Meadow. Authorities took ten months to identify the victim.

In July 2022, police identified the victim as Elvis Garcia. The rope around his neck indicated that Garcia could not have tied it himself. NYPD spokesman said they determined the cause of death to be asphyxia due to strangulation. No arrests have been made in this case.

Human bones were found behind the Met

In January 2022, a badly decomposed body was found inside a tent behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art by a jogger. Police suspected that the body belonged to a homeless person living in an encampment near East 79th Street and East Drive. But authorities were unable to identify whether the deceased was male or female.

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Two bodies were found at the same location

In July 2021, New York City police discovered the body of an unidentified black man in Central Park’s Harlem Meer. A woman noticed the body floating in the water and informed the police. 

One year earlier, in September 2020, fisherman Luis Castoire snagged his line into a body floating in the Harlem Meer and immediately phoned 911 to report the incident. He identified the deceased individual as a man between the ages of 30 and 35.

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