Sunnidale Park users were turned away Monday morning after the body of a man was found by a dog walker at approximately 9:30 a.m.
After cordoning off the area and remaining at the scene throughout the day, Barrie Police reported a 27-year-old man died from self-inflicted wounds during a press conference at 5 p.m.
The man, who has not been identified, had “obvious signs of trauma” to his body, said Sgt. Robert Allan. He was found on the south side of the park, past a playground, down a hill, and just off a path.
Close to a dozen officers set up a perimeter around the park in the morning, asking joggers, dog walkers and parents with children to stay out for the day. Many people stopped to ask what was going on, but police remained tight-lipped throughout most of the day.
A few still tried to get into the park, heading into open areas not cordoned off. Officers quickly approached them to say the park was closed until further notice.
By 4 p.m., most areas of the park had reopened to public use, and the coroner left the scene at 5 p.m.
Allan acknowledged the discovery of the body has reminded many residents of the disapperance of 33-year-old Alexandra Flanagan who was last seen in Sunnidale Park on July 8, 2007. Partial remains discovered near Johnson’s Beach and Lackies Bush have been identified as belonging to the Barrie woman. Her case remains unsolved.