Male found dead outside dog park in St. Paul

The discovery was made in a parking lot just after midnight Sunday.
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St. Paul homicide investigators are looking into the death of a male whose body was found in parking lot early Sunday morning.

The discovery occurred just after midnight, when officers patrolling the area were flagged down by a person "who told them a body was lying in a parking lot of a dog park," according to a news release.

They then found "a male who appeared deceased." St. Paul Fire medics arrived a short time later and pronounced them dead at the scene.

The identity and cause of death are not known at this point, but foul play may be involved as the Saint Paul Police Department Homicide Unit and the forensics unit are on the case.

The victim's body has been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The dog park where the body was discovered is part of Arlington Arkwright Park, which also includes a skate park and multiple athletic fields. 

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Saint Paul police at 651-291-1111.

This is St. Paul's 17th homicide this year, the news release says. 

According to city crime statistics, this is still lower than the total number of St. Paul homicides last year, when there were 22.

The 2017 total represents a bit of a spike; for the past five years, the number of homicides has hovered in the teens. 

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