Luis Castoire, who has been fishing in New York’s Central Park since he was 7-years old, reeled up a horrifying sight on Thursday morning: a human corpse with an apparent head wound, NBC New York reported.
"I thought I was seeing a ghost," Castoire told the station. "I felt a thump, my hook had gotten stuck ... When I go to lift it, I seen the leg come up, and then I saw the rest of the body."
The body, discovered in a lake called Harlem Meer in the north of the park, is believed to be in his 30s and has not been identified pending police and medical investigations. It’s the third body this month discovered in Central Park, though police told Newsweek the incidents are unconnected.
The first body, discovered on Labor Day, was also found in a pond in the park, and has also not been identified pending investigation, though police sources told Newsweek it’s believed to be a suicide. The second, discovered September 18, was a 59-year-old man found unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma, and is still under investigation as well.
"It was devastating, it was really devastating," Castoire told NBC. “I don’t think I could be able to come back to this park. This is like my backyard. I don’t think personally I could come back to this park and be able to fish here knowing I hooked up a body.”