Body pulled from Golden Gate Park lake

By | May 24, 2017

The body of an unidentified person was recovered from Mallard Lake in the western part of San Franciscos Golden Gate Park Tuesday morning.

Police responed to the park at 9:55 a.m. after the body was reported by a crew working at the lake, said SFPD Officer Albie Esparza.

The Medical Examiner came over and took over the case, he said.

Esparza said that the Medical Examiners Office had taken over the case and he wouldnt provide many details about the condition of the body or the circumstances under which it was found, but he did say that it was found in the water.

Although police declined to answer most questions and no official report has been made, officers at the scene Tuesday morning at one point could be overheard across the street saying to each other that they didnt immediately notice any obvious signs of trauma to the body, and at another point saying that some of the bodys bones were visible.

The road adjacent to Mallard Lake is one of the busiest in the park, but the area is dense with trees and thick stands of aquatic vegetation grow in the shallow water in the spring and summer.

Workers from the Medical Examiners Office loaded the body, which was wrapped in white cloth, into a van at 11:42 a.m., crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in front of a double-decker tourist bus and other traffic that San Francisco Park Police officers had stopped.

Six minutes later all SFPD and Medical Examiners Office vehicles were gone and a work crew resumed clearing vegetation from the lake.

This isnt the first time a body has been discovered in one of Golden Gate Parks lakes. In 2002 a man was found floating in Stow Lake, and although officials beleive he died of natural causes he still has not been identified.

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