Foul Play Not Suspected After Man’s Body Found In Century Park

February 19, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said foul play is not suspected after a body was found in a Century park just a few feet away from busy North Century Boulevard.

The body of an adult male was discovered about 7 a.m. in an open grassy area next to a bicycle in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall in the Nadine McCaw Park.

Amber Southard, ECSO spokesperson, said it appeared the man died of natural causes. She said a final determination would be made the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The man’s name has not been released. photos, click to enlarge.


11 Responses to “Foul Play Not Suspected After Man’s Body Found In Century Park”

  1. Jr on February 21st, 2021 6:42 am

    Prayers for the persons family. It’s not our place to pick and choose the timing and/or place that OUR GOD calls us home. It makes it worse when we read these stories of a passing in the cold weather. Prayers for the deceased that he had his heart right and is now with Jesus.

  2. judy on February 20th, 2021 9:34 am

    God rest his soul. It must be dreadful to die all alone…no matter who you are. :(

  3. Mary on February 19th, 2021 6:55 pm

    Lord have mercy!

  4. Ray Melton on February 19th, 2021 5:26 pm

    The bicycle did not pass away here so, let us all let the police and medical examiner do their job and allow this man to rest in peace.

  5. bob c on February 19th, 2021 3:54 pm

    @ Resident

    See what you did there, “Circling Back” on your points 1 and 7.
    Reminds me of “Perry Mason” with the logical and particular presentation of facts.
    Or an old “Colombo” where many pieces come together to make the diagnosis of a scene.
    Note to self, if they did not have wheels would not be called “bicycles” and called that due to having two wheels.

    Gentleman deserves to be left in Peace…the LEO and Medical Staff will do the official things.
    May his soul find Peace.

  6. Resident on February 19th, 2021 3:09 pm

    “The body was way too far from the bike to not have been murdered.”

    Got that criminal justice degree from watching NCIS, huh?

    1. The body (God rest his soul), was not that far from the bike.
    2. Bicycles have wheels.
    3. Objects with wheels, say bicycles, can roll after someone falls off.
    4. The man could have gotten off the bike before falling to the ground.
    5. The bicycle may not have belonged to the man.
    6. The bicycle may have been moved away from the man by EMS.
    7. Bicycles have wheels.
    8. Stop watching so much TV.

  7. Anonymous on February 19th, 2021 2:59 pm

    I saw this on the way to the place I was going. The body was way too far from the bike to not have been murdered. This is unsettling. Prayers to his friends+family.

  8. Buster on February 19th, 2021 1:40 pm

    So sad.

  9. ROBERT ALFRED on February 19th, 2021 12:34 pm

    Melvin, AKA -( WHO DA MAN!) . Gonna miss you. Thanks for all your conversations and help through the years. RIP!

  10. Jack on February 19th, 2021 12:25 pm

    Knew this man not perfect but no one is god rest his soul and grant him safe passage.

  11. Chelleepea on February 19th, 2021 12:06 pm

    RIP Melvin Smith!

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