Police are investigating the death of a homeless man discovered inside a makeshift shanty in Pelham Bay Park. According to police, the man believed to be in his mid-30s was discovered by NYC Parks employees on Tuesday, July 18 at around 10:30 a.m. inside the park near Wilkinson Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard. The man, whose name has not been released, was found sprawled out on the ground face-down inside a small encampment among thick bushes on the western side of the green space near the Aileen B. Ryan Recreational Complex. The shelter had a tarp stretched across some trees to protect the man from the elements, a small barbecue and black plastic bags which the man slept under. First responders did not find any signs of trauma on the man’s body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.
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