A female body was found floating in the lake at Hollenbeck Park in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood on Thursday, and the incident was being handled as a homicide, police said.
The call came in to officers at 10:15 a.m. from people using the park’s jogging path, according to Capt. Martin Baeza Los Angeles Police Department.
“There is in fact a body floating in the lake here at Hollenbeck Park,” Baeza said. “It’s an ongoing investigation. We haven’t been able to determine at this point what the circumstances are as to the body.”
The body’s gender was not initially known, Baeza said. Homicide detectives were on scene and were treating the discovery as a crime, he said.
The victim was a female Hispanic, LAPD Officer Nuria Vanegas said on Thursday afternoon. She said the case was “ruled” a homicide.
An LAPD underwater dive unit was on scene, Baeza said, and divers could be seen working in the water and later pulling the body ashore under a yellow tarp.
The park is just east of downtown Los Angeles, at Fourth and St. Louis streets (map) in a largely residential area.
There have been homeless encampments at the park from time to time but there had not been “issues of note” in the area recently, Baeza said.
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KTLA’s Jennifer Thang and Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this article.