(Side note: This is obviously me delving into fiction here based on finding this object during a recent geocache outing. Enjoy!)
ONEONTA — Cops still had the area taped off Thursday night as they investigated an apparent murder at Wilber Lake.
The body was found by a group of geocachers as they traipsed through the woods looking for what they called treasure. Cops said none are suspects.
The gruesome scene made some cops shiver.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in 30 years as a cop,” said local police officer Joey Bagadonuts. “This was a heartless and pointless crime. This kid had a full life ahead of ’em.”
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was found beheaded in the woods. Cops said it appears like the body had been here a while, which will make it tough to find clues.
“The area is pretty clean, outside the body,” Bagadonuts said. “There’s the nearby lake, too. We’ll be looking for clues in that as well.”
The body was clothed, though some of the clothing was tattered. That could be because the body had been in the elements. A lot of dirt and mud was also on the body, which could show there had been some sort of struggle.
Cops said they will be on the scene for another day or so as they comb the area for clues.
Sources close to the situation indicated the head has not been found yet and DNA has been taken to see if it could be matched with those on missing person lists.
The body was found in an underused area of the park. There was a slight trail and the body was in the open.
“I’m shocked nobody discovered this before,” Bagadonuts said. “Unless it was placed there recently.
Those who found the body were geocachers. Geocaching is a game that is played where people hide containers in the wild and upload GPS coordinates to a website. Others will then get the coordinates and go find the container.
The group stumbled upon the horrific scene on a crisp fall morning.
“They called police right away,” said Burt Bakon, public information officer for the local police. “It was my understanding that they were quite shocked and emotional, which I can fully understand.”
Police are also trying to figure out how somebody brought the body into the park. There are numerous trails and the area is popular for fishermen.
The trail systems are pretty straight forward, but people also paddle on the water.
“There are many ways to get to where the body was found,” Bakon said. “We’re exploring every possibility and asking anyone with information to contact us.”
Police said the body was also found with black-and-blue marks as well as red rashes. This could be a sign of a struggle, or could have come after the attack.
The body was also found without any identification and cops say they can’t start to figure out some things without identifying the body.
“This is going to be one complicated case,” Bakon said. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”
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