Police stand guard at the park entrance near 59th and 5th Avenue. Today's body was found thirty yards behind them in The Pond. (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge
By Geoffrey Croft
For the second time in twenty-four hours a dead body was found floating in Central Park in what police say appear to be unrelated incidents.
This morning at 7:20 a.m., a Central Park Conservancy worker found a body in the Pond near E. 59th Street between 5 & 6th Avenue.
The body was identified as 36-year-old Anthony Mcafee, a male black from the Bronx who was believed to be homeless.
“It does not appear that this body has been in the water for any more than a week or two at the most,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a press conference Wednesday morning in the park near The Pond.
He said that there were no obvious signs of trauma on the body.
“There are some wildlife issues here,” he said citing eye damage to the body caused by turtles that live in the pond.
Yesterday the body of a badly decomposed unidentified naked man was found floating face down further uptown in the Reservoir around 12:oo p.m.
A maintenance worker spotted the body in the water near East 87th Street and East Drive
a few feet away from the park’s popular jogging track.
The worker called police for help.
“In the last 24 hour period the bodies of two males were recovered in separate bodies of water inside Central Park, " Chief of Detectives Boyce said.
The body found yesterday appears to have been there at least a month, he said.
The second body found today had, “very little decomposition” compared to the first body.
“We don’t believe there is criminality in either one of these cases right now because there is no trauma to the bodies,” Boyce said.
The City Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy to determine the causes of death.