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Dead body found in McKinley Park pond in East Sacramento

Video: Woman finds body in McKinley Pond

Volunteer maintenance worker Judy McClaver found the body of a man while she was cleaning a pond at McKinley Park on Monday.
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Volunteer maintenance worker Judy McClaver found the body of a man while she was cleaning a pond at McKinley Park on Monday.

A body was pulled from the duck pond at McKinley Park in East Sacramento on Monday, but police said the death was not suspicious.

About 9 a.m., volunteer Judy McClaver was removing trash from the pond when she stumbled upon the body. She thought it was a bag of clothing.

“When I got out to try to lift it up, it was too heavy,” said McClaver, who works for the East Sacramento Preservation neighborhood association. “He was floating head down.”

Police, fire and coroner’s officials later arrived to retrieve the body, described as a man in his 40s. The body was found next to a water fountain in full view of several joggers on the side of the park facing Alhambra Boulevard and H Street.

“There were no obvious signs of foul play,” said Officer Justin Brown, a Sacramento police spokesman.

Brown declined to say if investigators found signs of trauma or injury. McClaver said the man was dressed in basketball clothing.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials spent about 15 minutes examining and taking photos of the man before taking him away. The cause of death has not been released pending the coroner’s investigation.

Park users expressed concern Monday about the gruesome discovery, considered unusual for the upscale neighborhood. Anastassia Spitzer, 23, is a pet sitter and regularly takes her clients’ animals for walks in the park.

“That’s crazy,” she said. “I’m surprised, but you never know with the cover of darkness.”

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang

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