Passerby stumbles across dead body in Glace Bay park
Police investigating discovery of deceased male; body taken to Halifax for autopsy
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.
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.