Maplewood, New Jersey: Essex County officials are reporting that a deceased person was found in the South Mountain Reservation County Park on Tuesday afternoon by a visitor walking their dog. The body was reportedly discovered near the border of Maplewood and Millburn Townships, in a wooded area near the South Mountain Reservation Dog Park and Wildflower Preserve.
Crest Drive was closed off by the Essex County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division at approximately 6:00pm. As of 11:00pm, the roadway remains closed. An investigation is currently underway.
This is not the first time in recent years that a body has been discovered in the 2100 acre park. In 2011, a woman walking her dog found the body of a missing Millburn man, and in 2006, the remains of a Brooklyn, New York man were found in garbage bags by an Essex County Sheriff's Office deputy near South Orange Avenue in the central part of the park.
This story will be updated.
(File Photo - Taken of area surrounding South Mountain Reservation Dog Park)
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