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Rescuers pull body from pond at park in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Two divers waded into chest deep water and pulled a man's body from a pond at Bob Cooke Park on Friday.

Authorities were trying to determine the man's identity through his possessions and fingerprints about 6:30 p.m., said Lt. Blake Miller, police spokesman. The man appeared to be Hispanic and in his 50s, Miller said.

Police were unsure how long the body was in the water or what may have caused the man's death, Miller said. It had not been determined whether foul play was involved late Friday.

A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle through the park saw the body about 4 p.m., then went home and told his father, who called police, Miller said. Patrol officers arrived at the park shortly afterward, Miller said.

Police called fire department officials about 4:15 p.m. and asked for assistance in the recovery, said Capt. Gerald Randall of the Arlington Fire Department.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

Most of the park, on New York Avenue between Park Row Drive and Pioneer Parkway, was closed during the recovery operation.

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