Rock Creek Park homicide investigation

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- It’s the first murder case inside Rock Creek Park since the discovery of Washington intern Chandra Levy’s body back in 2002. Now, detectives are trying to unravel a mystery they are classifying as a homicide.

On Monday night just before 8 p.m., sources say that kids discovered the body of a man on the bank of a creek near Beach Drive and Joyce Drive – he reportedly had several stab wounds to his chest.

Rescue crews arrived and tried to resuscitate the man, but were not able to do so. Police do not know how long the body was there, and for much of Tuesday, detectives did not know the identity of the man because he had no source of ID on him.

They have since been able to figure out who he is via fingerprint tests, but are not releasing his name or any other information until they notify his family first.

Meanwhile, U.S. Park Police are insisting the area is safe, and D.C. homicide detectives are trying to determine if the man was killed in Rock Creek Park or somewhere else and then dumped there.

"We have high visibility in that area ...We believe it is a very safe area and inherently doesn't have problems," assures Major Keith Horton with the U.S. Park Police.

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance. There is a $25,000 reward.