A fisherman hooked a human corpse when he cast his line into a lake in Central Park on Thursday — the second time in a month a body has surfaced in one of the iconic park’s lakes, officials said.
Luis Castoire, 24, has been fishing in Central Park since he was 7, but never in his wildest dreams did he think he would reel in a corpse.
“I hooked up on something. I went to go look and then when I lifted up my line it was a body,” Castoire said, recalling the 11am fishing trip to the Harlem Meer on the northern end of the park. “I started yelling at people and they called the cops and they confirmed it was a body.
“It had sneakers … black-and-white sneakers and it had hair and looked like a male,” he said. “I just looked quickly, I thought it was shadow in the water, but it definitely was a body. There was a whole bunch of kids here. It sucks they had to see this.”
The victim, a man in his 30s, had no ID on him, officials said. Cops pulled the body ashore and were working on identifying the remains. An autopsy has been slated to determine how the man died.
“I never thought I could tell people that I actually caught a dead body in Central Park,” Castoire said. “I don’t know if I ever will.
“This sucks,” he added. “I’m freaked out.”