In New York City, police recovered a body in Central Park on Labor Day. A by-passer discovered the human remains and notified the authorities.
Divers pulled the man’s body out of The Pond, also known as Swan Lake, according to FDNY officials. The body was found near the park entrance at 59th Street and Central Park West.
Centered in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is two and half miles long and a half a mile wide. The park has over 843 acres, according to Time Out. Built in 1857, the park sees over 30 million visitors in a typical year.
The Pond, a scenic body of water, is home to the park’s duck population as well as turtles and other wild life. It is situated on the south side of the park. The Pond got its nickname Swan Lake in the early 1900s. Until 1924, visitors could float across the pond in a swan shaped boat.
Onlookers gathered in Central Park to watch the police recover the body.
A crowd of onlookers also gathered in the park to observe the rescue efforts. Some people took videos of divers lowering a body board into the pond. They also captured an apparent body wrapped in a tarp and posted the videos to social media.
One Twitter user wasn’t surprised by the scene that they stumbled across while enjoying a day at the park.
Police officials have not released the man’s identity yet. The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, deaths in New York City are six times higher now than they had been the previous year. An estimated 27,000 New Yorkers have died in the city since March. Officials have contributed around 17,000 of those deaths to COVID-19, according to The New York Times.
[H/T: New York Post]