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Body of Man Found in Parma Metroparks Identified

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PARMA, Ohio — A dead man found on the property of the Cleveland Metroparks in Parma on Friday afternoon has been identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The body of Kevin Hitchcock, 27, of Cleveland was positively identified through finger prints according to the medical examiner’s office. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

According to Captain Joseph Bobak with the Parma Police Department, officers were dispatched to an area near West Ridgewood off of Broadview Road on Friday after receiving a call around 2:00 p.m. that a body had been discovered. 

The body, according to Bobak, was in a wooded area off the roadway.

Bobak says that rangers of the Cleveland Metroparks have taken over the investigation since the body was discovered on property owned by the organization.

Fox 8 News Kevin Freeman reports that authorities are calling the death “suspicious”, but have yet to rule on the cause.

Dianna Kall, spokesperson for the Cleveland Metroparks, tells Fox 8 News that the area were the body was discovered has a pavilion near by and currently is under construction.

Kall says the body is not that of anyone associated with the Metroparks or the construction crew working in the park.

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