Yesterday afternoon a person taking their dog out for a walk stumbled across a dead body near Hidden Beach in Minneapolis.
Park Board spokesperson Robin Smothers said at this point no foul play is suspected, although an official ruling on whether or not it was a homicide has yet to be issued by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. See also: Kenwood Neighborhood Wants Hidden Beach to Close at 4 p.m.
"The body was found near Hidden Beach, it was not on the beach. If the person who discovered it was out walking their dog it would be my assumption that it was near some of the trails in the area," said Smothers, who added she could not confirm the sex, race, or age of the deceased, only that it was an adult.
The Park Board is going to debate potential changes to Hidden Beach this winter after drunk driving, drug use, and gigantic parties throughout last summer infuriated people living nearby. Two general long-term options are being considered: clearing out all of the brush that makes the beach secluded and putting in parking and an active use, like a kayak rental stand, or closing it down completely and letting trees and plants overrun the beach.
The last time a body was found in a Minneapolis park was in May, when hikers came across a 46-year-old woman in Wirth Park.
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