Body Discovered At Mayor's Park

May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT

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May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 12:58 PM EDT

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. ( By: Michael Regan - Tonawanda News ) Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report and results of a forensic investigation after the body of a 22-year-old Lockport man was discovered Friday at Mayor's Park in North Tonawanda.

David C. Brandl was found at 11 a.m. next to a roadway in the Sweeney Street park by National Grid employees conducting routine work.

Members of the North Tonawanda Police Department rushed to the scene, where they confirmed Brandl's identity through identification found on his body.

Police Capt. William Hall said it's too early to determine if foul play was involved until additional information is released, including the results of a toxicology report, and that it appears Brandl had not been dead for a significant amount time.

"Normally there's a lot of people in that park walking their dogs and there's a lot of foot traffic back there in general," he said. "I don't think he was there for any extended period of time."

Niagara County Coroner Joseph V. Mantione delivered Brandl's body to the Erie County Medical Center, while the county Sheriff's Department is now analyzing forensic evidence found at the scene.

Hall said his department has requested both processes be completed in an expedited fashion, though as it stands there is no time line as to when that may be.

"They said they would try to speed up the examinations," he said.

Investigators also have interviewed Brandl's acquaintances in Buffalo, though Hall said he could not comment further on what may have been revealed. Police continue to search for additional information on Brandl, including his whereabouts from April 26 to 27.

His family was notified of his death on Friday.

The Niagara Falls Police Department also assisted in the the investigation.

Those who may have information about Brandl can contact the North Tonawanda Police Department's Detective Bureau at 692-4312.