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Police ID man found dead in West Chester park

Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 18:42:53-05

WEST CHESTER, Ohio -- Officers are investigating Keehner Park after they said a body was found there Thursday night.

Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix identified the man as 28-year-old Eric Pefley of West Chester. Pefley died at about 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the coroner's report.

Pefley was reported missing Feb. 5, officials said.

Police processed the scene and brought in a laser-mapping system to investigate with the assistance of the canine unit.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

The 911 caller who reported finding the body told a dispatcher it was located near the picnic area in the park.

WCPO will update this story as more details become available.