By Kelly Ryan
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A body was found at a popular Sacramento park on Monday.READ MORE: Electra Fire: Mandatory Evacuation Zone Expanded In Amador, Warnings In Effect For Calaveras
Police say a woman was removing trash from the pond at McKinley Park when she stumbled upon the body.
“I just crossed my fingers and said maybe it’s just a mannequin that somebody’s playing with,” said Judy McClaver.
She saw what looked like clothing in the duck pond at McKinley Park.
“When I went over there and try to lift it out is when I noticed it was a body,” she said.
Police and firefighters arrived and removed the body. Police estimate the victim is a man in his 40s and they don’t believe the death is suspicious.READ MORE: Endangered Species Act Restored By Federal Judge In California After Trump-era Weakening
It is unnerving for many people who use the park to run or jog along its path.
With a children’s play area next to the pond, McClary says the pond is a hazard she has warned city park and recreation officials to make safe.
“I told him this was gonna happen weeks ago,” she said.
She says for three years she’s been pushing for a fence around the pond for safety and to keep it from being a health hazard.
“We have humans that use the pond as a restroom as well as people throwing dogs in and we have people using drugs in the park and throwing their drugs into the pond,” she said.MORE NEWS: 'We're Angry': Downtown Sacramento Safety Perceptions Impacted After Another Deadly Shooting
A spokesperson for the parks and recreation says the department is addressing safety concerns currently.