Boston police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Tuesday morning on a park bench in the Fenway.
The man may have been homeless, police said.
The body was discovered around 7:22 a.m. next to the Mother’s Rest playground in the Back Bay Fens. The spot is near the Boston Fire Department’s fire alarm building at The Fenway. The cause of death has not been released.
Homicide detectives marked off a crime scene where the body was discovered, which prompted curious joggers, cyclists, and passersby to stop and stare.
Investigators went door to door across the street, where there is a mix of Boston Conservatory dormitories and offices, as well as Berklee College of Music classrooms. Police asked Boston Conservatory staff for surveillance video at 40 The Fenway between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m., said Chris Hayden, director of facilities.
The maze of crime-scene tape around the covered body caught the attention of John O’Neil, who was walking his dog Miller. A Fenway resident for 12 years, O’Neil said that that part of the Fens is a popular gathering spot for the homeless during the warmer months.
“This is the time of year that they generally move on, but certainly all summer long this is a camp-out,” O’Neil said. “So if it were somebody who’s homeless, I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody would die here. It is still very, very disturbing, but I guess it is not surprising.”
He said that he feels safe in the area and that it would surprise him if the person’s death was caused by violence.
“It’s not an area known for great amounts of violence,” O’Neil said. “It’s still a popular cruising place, so occasionally, and rarely there will be something on that side.’’
Christian Lyman, a junior at Berklee, said he is comfortable walking the area to class daily, but added that residents know not to go too deep into the marshy spot at night.
“The area is nice; I wouldn’t live in it if I didn’t feel it was safe,” he said. “But anything can happen, I guess. It’s unfortunate.”