Decomposed body found at Milwaukee's lakefront

CREATED Nov. 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - An investigation is ongoing after a gruesome discovery is made Sunday at Milwaukee's lakefront.

If you've visited the lakefront, you've been past the park just north of the tennis courts and next to Alterra.

A group of people were doing a community clean-up of the woods when two young kids found the body near a tree just a few feet into the woods just before 12 p.m. Sunday.

People passing by were shocked.

"As soon as I saw the detectives, I thought it's also something that's a criminal thing," witness Justin Beck says.

Milwaukee Police say it looks like the body had been in the woods for quite a while. They suspect the elderly man was homeless and was living there when he died.

"It's just weird," witness Travis Wacker says. "You wouldn't expect it down here, but I guess expect the unexpected."

Police roped off the area and were there for several hours Sunday afternoon.

No word yet on whether foul play is suspected.