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Discovery of Woman's Body Breaks Morning Routines at Jamaica Pond

Police have removed the body of what a witness said was an older woman from the shore of Jamaica Pond.

UPDATE, Friday, 5:42 p.m.Police say foul play is not suspected in the woman's death.

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The many runners and dog walkers who circulate Jamaica Pond each morning had their routines disrupted by the discovery of a woman's body.

Police say they received a call at 7:41 for a body in the water. A witness told Patch that he and his friends found the body.

"I thought it was a mannequin," said Reuben, of Roslindale, who declined to give his last name.

But they soon saw that it was the body of an older white woman, face down. They flagged down a person who had a cell phone and called police.

Police have released nothing official about the incident as of 11 a.m. When they do, we will post it.

It is possible the case could be a suicide, though police have not said one way or the other. While Patch generally does not cover suicides, when they cause a large, public police presence we try to explain what the police activity is about.

Police cordoned off a wide area around the body. The corpse was at the tip of land on the Perkins Street side of the Pond. For people walking only along the Jamaicaway side of the Pond, the scene was not visible.

In the photos that accompany this post, the body is under a white covering.

Life went on as usual around most of the Pond as people fished, skipped stones and let their dogs swim. People walking or running the circuit around the Pond, however, had to either turn around or make a wider loop around the police zone.

 

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