A man was found burned and dead in Forest Park on Sunday morning, in a case eerily similar to one last year in which another individual was found dead in the park after police say he accidentally set himself on fire.
The still-burning body of the man — indentified as Paul Bivainis, 42, of 75th Street in Middle Village — was discovered by a nearby resident who was walking his dog in the park on Sunday morning. Another person had called in the fire near Freedom Drive and Park Lane South, which police responded to around 11:40 a.m. When they arrived, they were approached by the man walking his dog, who explained his dog came across the victim, who was declared dead at the scene. According to police, the victim was wearing blue jeans and brown boots. Police believe he may have accidently set himself on fire while trying to keep warm.
Last May, Zograb Avetisyam, 48, was found dead after FDNY officials responded to a call of burning garbage in another part of Forest Park near the Seuffert Bandshell. They later found his body severely burned, under the pile of garbage bags.