MANHATTAN – A gruesome discovery was made today in a thicket of bushes in Central Park behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art— a decomposing body found near the 79th Street Transverse.
Exclusive video by Upper East Site shows a large swath of the wooded area cordoned off by police in a field behind the museum— but officers kept the public far from the scene, telling anyone who strayed off the busy fenced-in path to stay out of that area.
Investigators say the report came in around 12:45 this afternoon— human remains found inside a tent in Central Park, so decomposed police say they didn’t know whether they belonged to a man or woman.
As Upper East Site’s exclusive video and photos shows, workers from the Medical Examiner’s office did not remove the body until hours later— three men put on full hazmat gear and marched across the field to the wooded area to pack up the remains in a body bag.
The men from the Medical Examiner’s office then carried the body bag on gurney on the long walk from the wooded area to their van parked on the path behind the Met.
Several neighbors passing by the disturbing scene Friday afternoon told Upper East Site that a homeless man lived in an encampment in those very bushes along the 79th Street Transverse.
One man said his dog usually played back in the area where remains were found, visibly disturbed by the scene in front of him.
Photos only on Upper East Site show what appears to be a folding camping chair and a bucket set up near where the body was found— a sign someone was using the space regularly.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, police said.