Another dead body was found floating in a Central Park pond Wednesday morning — the second corpse to be discovered in one of the park’s reservoirs in less than 24 hours, police said.
The latest body, identified by sources as 36-year-old Anthony Mcafee, who was believed to be homeless, was found around 7:20 a.m. in Swan Lake, near East 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, cops said.
The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and the FDNY fished the body out of the water and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The body was turned over to the city Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, cops said.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a press conference in the park Wednesday that there were no obvious signs of trauma on the body.
“It does not appear that this body has been in the water for any more than a week or two at the most,” Boyce said.
Cops were able to identify the body through an ID in his pants pocket.
Police sources said that Mcafee, who had an alias of Anthony Brown, had a history of depression and attempted suicide in the past.
On Tuesday, the body of a badly decomposed naked man in his 20s or 30s was found floating face down in the park’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir near East 87th Street and East Drive around 12:40 p.m., police said.
The man’s body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and it’s possible that he drowned, cops said.
His identity was not immediately known and an autopsy is pending.
The deaths are not believed to be related, cops said.
Boyce said the second body found had “very little decomposition” compared to the first body.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will inspect both bodies. One thing the coroners will look for is water in their lungs, which will determine if the victims drowned.
“We don’t believe there is criminality in either of these cases because there is no trauma to the bodies,” Boyce said.
He noted that finding two bodies in the park on consecutive days is “unusual.”
“It’s unusual for this park,” said Boyce. “We have to go back to 2015 to find someone that we have recovered — a body in the park.”
Nonetheless, parkgoers were stunned to learn two bodies were pulled from the waters of Central Park over the course of two days.
“I use this park every day. This is absolutely horrifying. This is something you see on ‘Law and Order.’ This is shocking,” said Jessica Bowen, 34, who lives nearby and often strolls in the park with her baby son.
“This is what you expect in the pre-[Rudy] Giuliani time when New York was pretty gritty, but not in 2017,” she said.
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