Body found in Central Park near Columbus Circle

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Passerby Makes Gruesome Discovery In Central Park

MANHATTAN — A body was found inside Central Park Thursday, near Columbus Circle, police said.

A passerby called 911 after making the gruesome discovery about 1:45 p.m. inside the park, near 220 Central Park South, police said. The caller said the deceased appeared to be homeless and had flies around his mouth.

Investigators described the deceased as a 69-year-old man. He was fully clothed when he was found and there were no signs of trauma to his body, police said.

Men who operate the Central Park pedi cabs told CNN that area of the park is often frequented by homeless people, especially at night.

The city's medical examiner is investigating.

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