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UPDATED: Body discovered in Barsby Park in Nanaimo

Emergency crews responded to Barsby Park Thursday morning where a man
Emergency crews responded to Barsby Park Thursday morning where a man's body was found hanging under the footbridge over the Millstone River.
— image credit: CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in Barsby Park near downtown Nanaimo this morning.

Emergency services rushed to the scene when they received a call shortly after 11 a.m. about a man hanging under the footbridge that crosses the Millstone River from Caledonia Avenue to Barsby Avenue.

At the scene, Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the victim appeared to be of Asian descent, possibly about 40 years old and that he might have died several hours before he was discovered by a homeless person passing through the park who reported it to authorities.

Identification was found with the body. The man is from the Nanaimo area and police are attempting to contact his next of kin.

"Foul play is not suspected," O'Brien said.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service, which also attended the scene, will be assuming the lead role in the investigation.

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