By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Major crime investigators in Halifax are asking users of a popular north-end park for information related to the discovery of a body on Thanksgiving Monday.
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Police talk to a woman on Africville Road after locating a man's body in a ditch on Monday.
Police blocked Africville Road around noon and asked users of the playground and off-leash dog park to leave while officers and K9 units scoured the area.
“Around 12:09 p.m., a woman was walking in the area of Africville Road … she noticed a body in the ditch,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Theresa Rath. “She went down, checked for a pulse, couldn’t find one and then flagged down a vehicle to contact police.”
Patrol officers located the body of a man about halfway between the replica church and container terminal. By early afternoon, police vehicles, personnel and police tape could be seen at the site.
Rath said the death will be treated as suspicious until the medical examiner can determine a cause.
The road itself was blocked off at Barrington Street and at entrance near the Windsor Street Exchange for most of the afternoon.
“It’s all really just to preserve evidence at the scene so that we can process it and try to piece together what happened to this person,” said Rath.
A park user told Metro Halifax officers asked he and his son to leave, and asked if they’d seen anything suspicious in the area on Monday.
Rath said that request is being put to the general public as well.
“We do have a number of leads, but we are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in that area to contact police or Crime Stoppers,” she said. “We have some information coming in about some things that may have been seen in the area, and we’re just trying to piece together whether that is related to the death or not.”
Rath said so far an age range can’t be provided for the victim, but police will work with the medical examiner’s office to further identify the body.