Detectives are asking witnesses who may have seen anything ‘untoward’ near Stoke-on-Trent park to come forward after a teenager’s body was pulled from a lake.
A dog walker spotted the young man – whose name has not yet been released – floating in the water at Longton Park.
All entrances to the Trentham Road site were cordoned off as emergency services descended on the scene at around 8.20am on Sunday (December 27).
Now police are trying to establish the circumstances around the teenager’s death.
They are keen to hear from anyone who spotted suspicious activity in Carlisle Street and Queens Park Road between 10.20pm and 11.30pm the previous evening (December 26).
DI Lucy Maskew, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We have identified this young man and made his family aware following this tragic incident.
“We are now working to understand the circumstances around his death.
“We’re asking anyone who saw anything untoward in the area of Carlisle Street and Queens Park Road between 10:20pm and 11:30pm on Saturday 26 December to get in touch. Inquiries are ongoing.”
A forensic team was at the scene along with several police cars and ambulance crews.
The relative of an eye-witness told StokeonTrentLive: “My father was the first to discover the body.
“The discovery was made when out walking his dog.
“He called emergency services immediately who came to recover the body. The initial search of the body did not reveal any ID.
“My thoughts and prayers go to his family, it’s such a tragedy.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called by the police at 8.19am on Sunday to reports of a drowning in Longton Park, Trentham Road.
“An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene along with fire and police colleagues.
“Sadly, nothing could be done to save the patient, a male, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”
Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 133 of December 27, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.