Unidentified body found in Palermo, no signs of foul play

Police told the Herald they found no identifying documents, pending an official autopsy

The body of an unidentified adult between 35 and 40 years old was discovered on Monday next to one of the lakes in the park area known as Los Bosques de Palermo, Buenos Aires. The cause of death is being investigated, although police told the Herald that there were no signs of foul play.

The discovery was made this morning at the Victoria Ocampo lake at the intersection of Sarmiento and Berro avenues by the city’s Japanese Garden, not far from the spot where engineer Mariano Barbieri was stabbed to death during a robbery on August 30. 

Following a 911 call, personnel from the local 14C police station and the City Police Fire Department arrived at the scene and worked on recovering the body. 

The body was found half a meter from the shore and examined by experts from the City Police’s Mobile Criminalistics Unit (UCM, by its Spanish initials).

A judicial source told Télam that, according to the first report filed by UCM experts with the judicial authorities, the victim had been dead for eight to 12 hours.

Buenos Aires police told the Herald that there were no initial signs of violence or foul play, pending an official autopsy. There were also no identifying documents found on the person — just two SUBE transport cards, which will be checked in case they’re registered in someone’s name. 

Police also told the Herald that the person had two tattoos — a “scorpion or similar” on their back and a bull on the left arm — and was wearing red shorts, a black T-shirt, a fleece jacket, and sneakers. 

The case, currently categorized as the investigation of an undetermined death, is under the jurisdiction of the 53rd Criminal and Correctional Prosecutor’s Office led by prosecutor Matías Di Lello.

—with information from Télam


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