Police reported finding an unidentified dead man atop a pile of burning garbage in Forest Park early Saturday morning.
The NYPD responded to reports that there was a fire at 86th Street and Park Lane South in Woodhaven at 5:55 a.m.
Once firefighters extinguished the blaze, a “severely burned” body was discovered, the FDNY said. The individual was pronounced dead at the site.
The city medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death, and police are continuing to investigate the situation.
“That’s someone’s son, someone’s brother,” said Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association President Ed Wendell. “That’s no way to die.”
Wendell said it seems plausible that the man was killed elsewhere and dumped in Forest Park.
“It didn’t seem like he was killed in the woods,” Wendell said. “You set someone on fire, and they tend to scream — no one reported anything like that.”