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Medical Examiner hoping to identify remains found in McGovern Park

MILWAUKEE — Last month, human remains were found in Milwaukee’s McGovern Park. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says they don’t know who the remains belong to, but they do have several clues. Now, they’re looking for additional information that could help identify the body.

The remains were found on an island in the middle of the McGovern Park Lagoon. The Medical Examiner has confirmed the remains belonged to a man who had been there for years.

The man was found with several belongings, and the Medical Examiner is hoping someone will recognize them and help identify the man.

Those who visit McGovern Park often were stunned to learn that the body was discovered there last month. “It’s terrible. I definitely feel for the people who’s related to this guy. I really hope they find out who it is,” Josh Posey said.

It was March 28th when a federal wildlife worker studying goose eggs found the human remains on a heavily wooded island in the middle of the lagoon. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner says the remains belong to an African-American man between the ages of 40 and 60.

The autopsy report lists the cause of death as undetermined. The report says all that was left of the man were his bones, and they showed no injuries. “At this point, really some of the best things that we have are the possessions that were found with him,” Brian Peterson with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

The possessions found with the man’s remains include yellow metal chains with three rings, a pen, a lighter, a therapy ball, three keys on a keyring, an electronic gaming device for chess and checkers, a yellow metal Guess brand watch, a flashlight and case, and $1.62 in change.

Some at the park speculate the man was homeless and hope his death was not the result of foul play. “I hope they find somebody was just sleeping over there, and they had a heart attack or something,” Frank Jones said.

If you recognize any of the items found with the remains, you’re urged to contact the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office at (414) 223-1200.

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