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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The body of a man was found at Lake Shore Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputies were called to the park around 1:30 p.m. and arrived at the park shortly after, according to reports.

The body of Walter Perkins, 36, of Ashtabula, was discovered by a man walking with his young daughter as he searched for beach glass along the seashore, the county coroner’s inquest said of Ashtabula, Keith Stewart.

“They called 9-1-1,” he said.

Stewart said he believed Perkins had passed away within the past 24 hours.

“He was staying in the town of Ashtabula, but last week he became homeless,” Stewart said.

His body was found in the rocks east of the park’s main beach, in the area behind the old FirstEnergy plant on Lake Road, according to Stewart and Ashtabula County Sheriff William Niemi.

The circumstances surrounding Perkins’ death are unknown at this time, Niemi said.

Perkins’ body will be sent to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and to determine the cause of death, Stewart said.

The Ashtabula Township Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Niemi said the investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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