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    Monday, May 27, 2024

    Police: Man whose body was found buried in Norwich park was murdered

    A portion of the walking trail around Spaulding Pond in Mohegan Park in Norwich remained cordoned off on Monday, May 8, 2023 as police investigated the discovery of a body. (Greg Smith/The Day)
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    A portion of the walking trail around Spaulding Pond in Mohegan Park in Norwich remained cordoned off on Monday, May 8, 2023 as police investigated the discovery of a body. (Greg Smith/The Day)
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    Norwich ― Police said Monday afternoon that a man whose body was found Sunday buried in a shallow grave in Mohegan Park was shot to death.

    Police said that on Sunday at 4:14 p.m., a citizen walking through the park noticed something protruding from the ground. Believing it might be a person, he called police who verified it was a body.

    Police described the deceased man as Black or Hispanic and between the ages of 35 and 50 years old. He was approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 150 to160 pounds with black hair and box braids, a goatee or short beard and was missing his top four front teeth.

    Police said evidence at the scene suggest the actual murder did not occur within the park. In addition, police said the incident appears to have been a targeted attack against the man with the cause of death due to a gunshot wound.

    Norwich police detectives were at the location where the body was found on Sunday evening and Monday morning. A portion of Wilderness Road was closed to all traffic on Monday morning.

    Norwich police were assisted by state police who brought in a cadaver dog on Monday help search the cordoned off area. An area near Spaulding Pond, opposite of a public swimming area, remained cordoned off Monday as part of the investigation.

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    Ox Hill Rd

    Spaulding Pond

    Mohegan Park

    Boswell Ave

    Yantic River

    Shetucket River

    Mohegan Park Rd

    Norwich Free Academy

    Washington St

    NORWICH

    Broadway

    Yantic Falls

    City Hall

    Shetucket River

    Ox Hill Rd

    Spaulding Pond

    Mohegan Park

    Boswell Ave

    Mohegan Park Rd

    Norwich Free Academy

    Washington St

    NORWICH

    Broadway

    City Hall

    Shetucket River

    Map: Scott Ritter/The Day | Sources: CartoDB; Google Maps

    Police also had a tent set up in the woods and were taking pictures of the scene on Monday morning.

    Norwich police are asking anyone with information about the murder to call lead Detective Ken Wright at 860-886-5561 extension #3159 or the Norwich Police tip line at 860-886-5561 option #4.

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