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Subway death makes four corpses in four days in public in NYC

By Eric DuVall
Subway death makes four corpses in four days in public in NYC
Commuters aboard a Brooklyn subway train on Saturday found a dead body aboard the train. It was the fourth corpse in as many days to have been found in public in New York City. Photo by Iwonderandiwander/Wikicommons

May 13 (UPI) -- Commuters in New York City made a grim discovery Saturday morning, a dead man on a subway train – the fourth time in as many days police responded to a corpse found in public.

Previously, police were called for reports of bodies floating in the Central Park Pond, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park and a body hanging from a tree in Riverside Park.

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Police do not suspect foul play in any of the instances. The previous three are presumed suicides or accidents, investigators said.

In Saturday's incident, police said passengers aboard the A train at Brooklyn's Jay Street-Metrotech station discovered the deceased man, identified as Robert Jones, 57. Several train lines were diverted or delayed while police processed the scene and removed the corpse. No cause of death was given.

Police said the discovery of bodies floating in the city's rivers and other waterways is not unusual in spring, when currents change after the seasonal thaw.

The fact two bodies were found in Central Park in two days is rare, however.

"There's no signs of criminality as of now to make this anything other than coincidence," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said of the first two bodies. "But it is unusual for the park."

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Adding the other two instances made it even stranger.

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