Woman's body discovered in Audubon Park

Woman's body found in Audubon Park

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On any given morning, Audubon Park near the Perrier Street entrance is bustling with activity. But this morning was anything but routine.

"It's beautiful in this park. We're not used to this," Marian Bright said.

"I've been living on the park for the past 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this," Cecilia Kjellgren said.

A man told FOX 8 off camera that a jogger in front of him discovered the woman's body in the park a little after 8 a.m. The body was either in or near the water.

"It's a little shocking. I'm out here every day walking, and this park is really utilized. It's surprising where the body was found because we feed the ducks. We feed the ducks every day," Jo Pease said.

The NOPD said there were no obvious signs of trauma, so the coroner will determine a cause of death. In the meantime, the case is being investigated as an unclassified death.

"I have friends that walk and run in the park every day, and so part of me is concerned whether it's somebody I know or not," Becky Zaheri said.

Joggers, walkers and those who normally frequent the park looked on as police investigated.

"It's a scary thing that it's so close to home," Kjellgren said.

"I'm here at the time, and this puts a damage on your walk," Jackie Briskee said.

"Yeah, I'd love to hear more. I think about the Tulane students who aren't very far from here, and I have a daughter in college, so that's the first thing that runs through your mind," Zaheri said.

The NOPD said officers are combing the area for witnesses or clues.

According to park personnel, park officials have not moved to add security at this time.

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