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Body found in Lincoln Park in Grand Forks

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The Grand Forks County coroner waits as police assess the scene where a body was found in Lincoln Drive Park Wednesday in Grand Forks. (Joshua Komer/ Grand Forks Herald) 2 / 3
An Altru ambulance backs up to the scene where a body was found on the banks of the Red River at Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)3 / 3

Grand Forks Police are investigating a dead body found by a passerby Wednesday on the banks of the Red River in Lincoln Drive Park.

According to a news release, officers were called to the scene at 5:21 p.m after a woman walking on the bike path saw the man lying to the east of the path. The man’s identity, age, cause of death and when he died are unclear. Police do not suspect foul play and there is no danger to the public, the release stated.

Grand Forks resident Jerry Jonnson said he often walks in the park along the river with his wife and their German shepherd and has never seen anything similar happen.

“This is a rare scene for Grand Forks,” he said.

An Altru ambulance took the man away from the park about 7:10 p.m. He was transported to UND Forensic Pathology Center. The Grand Forks County coroner also was on scene.

The body is the fourth person found dead outside in Grand Forks in the past year. Donald James Campbell, 31, was found encased in ice under the downtown railroad bridge March 22. Though his cause of death remains unconfirmed, police do not suspect foul play.

The body of 61-year-old Richard Bumford was found Dec. 22 near the Greenway three blocks north of the Sorlie Bridge downtown. Police did not notify the public, saying they had not found evidence of foul play or danger to the public.

Michael Wells, 57, was found dead on a park bench in Town Square Aug. 9. Police also did not notify the public of that discovery.

Both Campbell and Bumford had used the Northlands Rescue Mission as their listed addresses.

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