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Dead Body Found in Central Park

By Leslie Albrecht | May 13, 2011 9:43am | Updated on May 13, 2011 1:40pm

By Leslie Albrecht and Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Senior Editor

CENTRAL PARK — A dead body was found just inside Central Park near West 63rd Street early Friday morning, officials said.

Fire officials got a call at 7 a.m. reporting that someone had a heart attack at West Drive near the Transverse, one of the paths inside the park near Central Park West and 63rd Street, the FDNY said.

The individual was declared dead on the scene at 7:12 a.m., fire officials said. Detectives roped off the scene and the body, covered in a white sheet, lay in the grass near the public bathrooms on West Street at 63rd Street.

The individual was a white woman believed to have been in her 40s, police said.

A police source said it appeared the woman had died of natural causes.

Detectives investigate a dead body found in Central Park Friday.
Detectives investigate a dead body found in Central Park Friday.
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"I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that there was no criminality involved," a source said, adding that the woman was believed to have been homeless.

Calls to the ME's office were not immediately returned

Police did not immediately have any details about the incident.

A dead body lies in the grass near Central Park West and 63rd Street Friday morning.
A dead body lies in the grass near Central Park West and 63rd Street Friday morning.
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A body was found inside Central Park near Columbus Circle Friday morning.
A body was found inside Central Park near Columbus Circle Friday morning.
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