Police are investigating the first homicide in Rock Creek Park since D.C. intern Chandra Levy was found dead in the park 12 years ago.
The body was found Monday evening around 8 p.m. by a man walking in the area of Picnic Grove 6 near Beach Drive off Military Road. Officers classified the death as a homicide and say the man was stabbed to death.
They have identified the body but have not released his name pending family notification. Police did not say what type of weapon may have been used or if the weapon has been recovered.
News4 learned the picnic area was the site of a large party of about 300 people Sunday evening.
Crime scene investigators spent Tuesday looking for clues at the scene, and say the man was not wearing work out clothing when he was found.
“We did go back out there today with a group of cadets from the police academy to do a walkthrough of the entire scene in an attempt to locate any evidence that may be on the scene that we did not see last night due to the lighting conditions,” D.C. Police Capt. Robert Alder said.
The man's body was located about a mile-and-a-half from where the body of Washington intern Chandra Levy was found in 2001, News4's Chris Gordon reported.
"We have not had any other homicides in that area since the Chandra Levy case," Alder said.
“We have very high visibility patrol in that area.” U.S. Park Police Maj. Keith Horton said. “We consider that area a very safe area and inherently does not have any problems … historically in that area.”
There is a $25,000 reward for information in the case.