Police in Arlington are working to identify the body of a behind the Arlington Lodge of Elks on Tuesday afternoon.
Chief Fred Ryan, of the , said the body appeared to have been in the water for days, which has hampered the identification process. Ryan said that the man might have been in his 30s, but that such a number is “not precise at all.”
Ryan added there was no clear sign of trauma. The man was found unclothed, police said.
Joe Schanda, club manager at , said one of his employees came in to open the bar about 3 p.m., walked outside and saw the body in the water. He called 911 and was later sent home, though he is reportedly “doing alright.”
Schanda said Spy Pond is used year-round, for anything from skating to ice-fishing.
When asked if he was aware of any missing people, Schanda said, “We tried to think of members, but it’s none of our members that come in on a regular basis.”
Ryan said that he and investigators are looking at recent reports that might shed light on the identity of the victim.
“We’re looking through all incident reports from the past week to 10 days that might have occurred around the Spy Pond area,” he said.
A medical examiner was at the scene around 4:18 p.m. The body was removed before 4:40 p.m., when officials began clearing out the area.
Ryan said further information will come from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, but it can be days before an update.
DA's Office spokeswoman Cara O'Brien, said via phone the body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for fingerprinting. It is unclear whether the man had any form of identification on him.