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Body removed to Winnipeg for autopsy

Workers and Brandon Police Service members erect a tent near the banks of the Assiniboine River in Queen Elizabeth Park on Wednesday afternoon.

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Workers and Brandon Police Service members erect a tent near the banks of the Assiniboine River in Queen Elizabeth Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the body of a man found this week in a city park has been taken to Winnipeg for an autopsy, hopefully to determine the man's identity and the cause of his death.

The body was uncovered Tuesday by contract workers who were clearing brush and trees from the riverbank in Queen Elizabeth Park. It had apparently been there for some time, but was not a historical or archaeological find — police said that it was frozen to the ground, under the winter snowfall, in an advanced state of decomposition. Also found, apparently, were jeans and running shoes.

The remains as male, tentatively believed to have been middle-aged.

Police say they are continuing to guard the scene while they wait on the autopsy results.

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