Passerby stum­bles across dead body in Glace Bay park

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing dis­cov­ery of de­ceased male; body taken to Hal­i­fax for au­topsy

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­cov­ery of the body of a man found dead at Renwick Brook Park, Mon­day.

Staff Sgt. Stephen MacKin­non of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice, said the body was re­moved from the scene Mon­day af­ter­noon and trans­ported to Hal­i­fax for an au­topsy.

The body was found at about 12:30 p.m. Mon­day.

Al­lie Wey­man, whose home on Park Street borders the park, made the 911 call.

Wey­man was stain­ing his deck when a young man in his twen­ties ran fran­ti­cally to his house af­ter com­ing across the body while walk­ing through the park, near Park Street.

“He said: ‘ There’s a guy down at the brook lay­ing on his back not mov­ing,’” said Wey­man

Wey­man, a nurse at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, said the young man was dis­traught.

“He was cry­ing.”

Wey­man ran down and found the de­ceased man ly­ing on the ground be­side a bench in the park area. “There was noth­ing I could do for him,” he said.

Wey­man ran back to his house and di­alled 911. His wife, also a nurse, also ran down to the park to see if she could help.

Wey­man, at home on va­ca­tion, stayed with the body un­til po­lice ar­rived, even di­rect­ing two “young fel­lows” on bikes away from the scene.

“A po­lice of­fice was there right away, then two other po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived, then an am­bu­lance, all in about seven min­utes.”

He said the de­ceased man ap­peared to be mid­dle-aged, pos­si­bly in his 50s.

Although Wey­man has been in the nurs­ing pro­fes­sion for 30 years, he said it’s al­ways sad, never pleas­ant, to come across a de­ceased in­di­vid­ual.

Po­lice had the sec­tion of the park cor­doned off through­out the day .

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tors and our foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion unit are on scene,” said De­siree Vas­sallo, spokesper­son for the CBRPS, Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Nu­mer­ous po­lice ve­hi­cles were parked near the benches on the Park Street side of the park. Traf­fic was pass­ing the area slowly as mo­torists looked over to­wards the brook, as word be­gan to spread.

The brook was still cor­doned off early Mon­day evening as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tin­ued to comb the scene.

Su­san-Anne MacLeod, of Glace Bay, was walk­ing down Park Street when she no­ticed the po­lice ac­tiv­ity in the park down be­low.

“There has been way too much tragedy lately,” she said. sadly.

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mem­bers of the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice Ser­vice in­ves­ti­gate at the scene where the body of a de­ceased male was dis­cov­ered near a park bench at Renwick Brook Park, Glace Bay, at about 12:30 p.m. Mon­day. The body was trans­ported to Hal­i­fax Mon­day af­ter­noon for an au­topsy.

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