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Second Central Park Body Identified as Homeless Man, Police Say

By Shaye Weaver | May 15, 2017 5:55pm
 The second body found in Central Park has been identified as Anthony McAfee, police said.
The second body found in Central Park has been identified as Anthony McAfee, police said.
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CENTRAL PARK — Police identified the person whose body was found floating in a Central Park lake last week as a 36-year-old homeless man.

The man, identified as Anthony McAfee, was found dead in Swan Lake, in the southeastern corner of Central Park by Fifth Avenue and East 59th Street, by a park staffer on the morning of May 10. It was the second body found in two days in the park, police said.

McAfee, who was homeless, had ID on him, police said last week.

His body may have been in the water for one or two weeks and his eye was damaged by "obviously turtles or some wildlife," according to Robert Boyce, the NYPD's chief of detectives.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, although investigators don't suspect any criminality since his body didn't have trauma other than his eye.

The Medical Examiner's office said it still had to determine the cause of death.

Police have not yet identified the first man whose body was found in the park's reservoir the day before on May 9. 

The circumstances of that unidentified man's death were also unclear, but Boyce said the body had been there for about a month.

There was nothing to indicate that the two deaths were related, police said.