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UPDATE:

On April 15, police arrested Dawaun Lewis in connection with the death of William Romero, who was found dead in a wooded area near Fort Harrison State Park .

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAWRENCE, Ind. — A 55-year-old man walking his dog discovered a dead body in a wooded area near Fort Harrison State Park on Thursday afternoon, according to authorities.

Lawrence police said the body was discovered at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in a wooded area near Trilobi Drive and Lee Road. First responders who arrived on scene stated the body appeared to have been deliberately covered with leaves and likely placed in the wooded area overnight.

According to a police report, the man told officers he spotted a brown bag laying on the west side of the road covered by leaves. When he looked closer at the bag he observed dried blood and saw dreadlocks inside the bag. The man said he then searched around the area and found a black sock. He started to move the sock only to realize it was attached to a foot.

Examination of the body revealed the manner of death to be a homicide, authorities said. No identification of the deceased has been made at this time. The deceased is described as being a middle-aged adult male with no distinguishing tattoos. The police report stated the dead man was a “possible white male.”

Efforts continue to determine the victim’s identity.

Police ask anyone with may have observed suspicious activity or seen a vehicle parked in the Lee Road and Trilobi Drive area between Wednesday and Thursday to contact police or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).