Body found near Louisville's Extreme Park

Body found near Louisville's Extreme Park
A man's body was found near Louisville's Extreme Park on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday afternoon, it was business as usual at the skate park. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tuesday afternoon, it was business as usual at the skate park. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro police are investigating after a man was found dead near the Extreme Park on Tuesday morning.

The body was found under the overpass by the park, located in the 600 block of East Washington Street, around 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to MetroSafe.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the victim suffered from some type of trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner's office said it has identified the man, but they were working to get in touch with his family before releasing his name. His cause of death is also being withheld for now.

The skate park was busy Tuesday afternoon. Skaters said it gets pretty crowded on days with good weather, but nothing really happens and the skaters mind their own business.

"I've been skating about 10 years now and I've been coming here just as long," Zachery McAllister told us.

McAllister said like most skaters, the Louisville Extreme Park is his second home.

"This is where I grew up," he said. "It's pretty much where I developed my whole life style with skateboarding."

He also said the space means a lot to him because it's his go-to place when he is stressed or going through tough times. So when he heard a death investigation was happening, his first thought was to worry.

"We don't want any bad looks on us because then that brings the city to the question, 'Should we tear down the skate park? Should we ruin what's good for everyone that wants it for good?'" McAllister said.

Cullen Monasterio was also there with McAllister's group. He said he saw police working the scene earlier Tuesday morning. Because it's usually quiet, Monasterio told us the crime scene stood out.

"My friends and I got here early morning and we just saw a bunch of people over there and we knew they weren't skaters," Monasterio explained. "Then we looked over and we [saw] like a person on the ground."

Regardless of the investigation's outcome, Monasterio said he won't change his mind about making his way to the park.

"I think I'll still come down either way," Monasterio said. "I don't really feel too scared."

The LMPD Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous police tip line at (502) 574-LMPD (5673).

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