Children playing in a Salt Lake park Friday afternoon stumbled over what they first thought was a man sleeping, but when they investigated further they found he was dead and called police.
Salt Lake police detectives said Friday night they weren't sure of the age of the man found dead in the International Peace Gardens in Jordan Park, 1060 S. Ninth West.Detective Jerry Mendez said a preliminary investigation has not determined how the man died. "The medical examiner will have to determine that. He might have died of natural causes or a drug overdose and we aren't ruling out murder, although there did not appear to be any wounds."
Mendez said the victim wore pants, a T-shirt and sweater, shoes and socks but had nothing in his pockets to identify him.
Two Parkview Elementary School children, a third-grader and a fourth-grader, found the body and called police about 2:30 p.m.
Mendez said he didn't know how long the body had been in the park, "but it looks as if the victim didn't just die Friday afternoon."