Early Friday morning, the decomposing body of a young man was pulled from the lake in Central Park by West Drive and 79th Street, said a New York Police Department spokesperson.
Described as a fully-clothed, unidentified male in his 20s, police found the body unconscious and unresponsive when they got him out of lake around 2 p.m. A Central Park maintenance worker made the grim discovery and phoned in the sighting to the NYPD. EMS pronounced the man dead on the scene once the body was removed from the water.
An investigation is currently ongoing, but the NYPD does not think this death appears “criminal” in nature. Currently, the identity of the deceased is unknown while a medical examiner is determining the cause of death.
In January 2022, the skeletal remains of a badly decomposing body were found by a jogger inside a tent behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was reported that a homeless man was living in an encampment near East 79th Street and East Drive where the body was found, but the remains were so “highly decomposed” the NYPD said they could not confirm if the body was male or female.
Another unidentified young man was found dead in Central Park with a rope around his neck on September 22, 2021, around 8 a.m. Found near East 65th Street and East Drive lying in the grass in an area known as A Native Meadow, the body was finally identified as a 26-year-old homeless man named Elvis Garcia in July 2022, reported Patch. The death was declared a homicide due to the complex nature in which the rope was tied around Garcia’s neck. “It was knotted in such a way that he couldn’t have done that himself,” an NYPD spokesperson said. According to authorities, Garcia’s death was determined to be from asphyxia due to strangulation. No arrests have been made in this case.