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Death of person found in Jamaica Pond not suspicious, Boston police say

For those who use the paths around Jamaica Pond for relaxation and exercise, the discovery of a body floating in the water on Friday morning was both unnerving and sad.

Jack Higgins, 69, said he saw the crime scene tape and police activity when he began his walk around the perimeter of the pond, and by the time he circled it twice, police had left.

“This place is always peaceful,’’ he said. “At least to me.’’

An autopsy is expected to be performed, but Boston police said the person’s death is not considered suspicious.

According to police, officers were called to the area of the pond near the intersections of Chestnut and Perkins streets around 10:30 a.m. after the body was spotted in the water.


Police placed crime scene tape across the walkway during their investigation. Once the body was recovered, police covered it with a white tarp until staffers from the state medical examiner’s office arrived to remove the body.

John R. Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Sarah Roberts can be reached at sarah.roberts@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heysarahroberts.