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Body found in Lincoln Park in Grand Forks identified

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An Altru ambulance backs up to the scene where a body was found on the banks of the Red River at Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)2 / 3
A Grand Forks County Coroner official arrives on scene where a body was found by a passerby on the banks of the Red River at Lincoln Drive Park in Grand Forks on Wednesday. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)3 / 3

GRAND FORKS - A man found dead Wednesday evening near the Red River in Lincoln Park has been identified as a Grand Forks resident.

Grand Forks Police identified the man as Erik D. Shulind Thursday morning. He was 40.

Foul play is not suspected, nor are there any risks to city residents, police say. An investigation is underway, and his body has been taken to the UND Forensic Pathology Center for autopsy. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

A passerby saw Shulind's body lying in the woods off a walking path in Lincoln Park at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday.

Police arrived shortly thereafter and found Shulind deceased.

Shulind has a permanent address in Grand Forks, Lt. Brett Johnson with the Grand Forks Police told the Herald. Investigators believe his body had only been outside for a few hours before being discovered.

Johnson said there was no indication of drug use.

Shulind is the fourth person to be found dead outside in Grand Forks in the past year. Donald James Campbell, 31, was found encased in ice under the downtown railroad bridge March 22. Though his cause of death remains unconfirmed, police do not suspect foul play.

The body of 61-year-old Richard Bumford was found Dec. 22 near the Greenway three blocks north of the Sorlie Bridge downtown. At that time, police did not notify the public, saying they had not found evidence of foul play or danger to the public.

Michael Wells, 57, was found dead on a park bench in Town Square on Aug. 9. Police also did not notify the public of that discovery.

Both Campbell and Bumford had used the Northlands Rescue Mission as their listed addresses.