Third Dead Body in One Month Found in New York City's Central Park

Police recovered a body floating in the waters of New York City's Central Park on Thursday, their third discovery of a dead body in the park this month.

Workers with the city's parks department noticed the body of a 34-year-old male at 11:20 a.m., AM New York Metro reported. First responders recovered his body from Harlem Meer, a lake located in the park's northeast corner, and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Photographs taken by bystanders at the scene captured the body covered by a white sheet as police officers examined the area for more clues. A large blood stain appeared through the sheet where the victim seemed to have suffered a head wound, although it is unclear whether the man hit his head or it was injured in another way.

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is waiting to release the man's identity until his family can be notified, police sources told Newsweek. The medical examiner will determine an official cause of death, and detectives are conducting an investigation to figure out whether it was an accident.

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Sheep Meadow in Central Park is near empty as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on September 8, 2020 in New York City. Police recovered a body floating in the park's Harlem Meer on September 24, their third discovery of a dead body in the park this month. Noam Galai/Getty

Thursday's victim is the third dead body to be found in Central Park in September, though none of the deaths are connected in any way, police sources told Newsweek. The first was discovered on Labor Day, when police officers responded to a 911 call at around 12:30 p.m. Someone had noticed a dead body floating in the Pond, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as Swan Lake, WNYW reported. It is located in the southeastern section of the two-and-a-half-mile long park, near Fifth Avenue.

Divers with the New York City Fire Department went into the water to retrieve the body, which police identified as an adult man. An EMS crew examined the body and pronounced the person dead at the scene, police said.

"The New York City Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing," the NYPD said in a statement at the time. "The name of the deceased is being withheld pending identification of the body and family notification."

As of Thursday, the NYPD still had not identified the victim from the first incident and are in the midst of an investigation. Officers are working on a composite sketch in hopes that someone from the public might recognize him. The death is believed to be a suicide, police sources told Newsweek.

The following week, on September 18, officers arrived inside the park shortly before 2 a.m. following reports of a discovered body.

They found a 59-year-old man, unconscious and unresponsive, with no obvious signs of trauma. EMS declared the victim dead at the scene, and the medical examiner's office is working to determine his official cause of death. It could be a drug overdose, police sources told Newsweek.

The New York Post reported that the man was discovered unconscious on the ground, butted against the rock, within the vicinity of West 109th Street and West Drive. This is in the park's northwest, not too far from where the Harlem Meer is located.