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Body found at Franklin Park golf course

A crime scene was established at the Franklin Park golf course late Saturday afternoon.Maddie Kilgannon for the Boston Globe

A death investigation is underway at Franklin Park in Dorchester where a man’s body was found at the golf course late Saturday afternoon, Boston police said.

The body was discovered by firefighters who responded just before 5 p.m. to a report of a fire outside the clubhouse, said Officer James Kenneally, a department spokesman.

Police were notified and arrived on scene shortly afterward, he said.

There was a heavy police presence at the city-owned William J. Devine Memorial Golf Course through the early evening hours. Officials from the state Medical Examiner’s office arrived on the scene shortly before 8 p.m.

Yellow crime scene tape blocked the entrance of the parking lot. Police investigators took photographs of license plates of vehicles parked in the lot. A K9 unit searched the area around the clubhouse.

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Meanwhile, golfers continued to play rounds at the course on a sunny warm afternoon. Brothers James and Kevin Brown teed off around 2 p.m.

They were surprised to find a crime scene set up when they returned to the clubhouse.

Kevin Brown said “Nothing was out of the ordinary,” as the brothers played the course.

Guests who arrived at the clubhouse for a graduation party were escorted inside by police officers.


Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com.