Man's Body Found In Park, Family Speaks Out

May 3, 2012 Updated May 5, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

By WKBW News

May 3, 2012 Updated May 5, 2012 at 9:36 AM EDT

Lockport, N.Y. (WKBW) - His name was David Brandl. Family and friends said he was a great father to three-year-old Marli and a wonderful son. They said David was also a talented tattoo artist.

"He was a very good-hearted person. He would never hurt anyone. He was always there for everyone. He was also very artistic. Every tattoo he did, people were impacted by," mother Mary Hatheway said.

David's father said he was also a great friend.

"Anytime anyone needed anything, he would always go and he was always there," dad David Brandl told Eyewitness News.

His family fell into a nightmare last week Thursday when David left his home in Lockport.

"No one was sure where he was from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning," Brandl said.

Then, the unthinkable happened. National Grid employees working in Mayors Park off Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda discovered David's deceased body around 11a.m. last Friday morning. Authorities and family members are stumped as to why he would be in that area, or in the park.

"There are numerous people that we have talked to, and as we go along we are going to ask more questions. At this point, we don't have answers to who and why, especially as to why he was even in North Tonawanda," North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala said.

Autopsy results show there is no sign of physical trauma, but further investigation will determine if he had a medical condition. Police are also waiting on toxicology reports to see if drugs could have been a factor.

In the meantime, his family has said goodbye with a funeral Tuesday, but his parents said they still want closure and are asking the community for help.

"If anyone can please help us resolve any of this, please, please help us," Hatheway said.

Police are asking anyone who saw David Brandl before his death or has any information to call the North Tonawanda Police Department at 716-692-4312.