A naked man with knife wounds was found in a west-end park Sunday.
He was spotted under a tree near a parking lot in Andrew Haydon Park on Carling Ave. around 9:30 a.m. by a passerby who called 911.
It’s unclear if the man, in his 20s, was stabbed or cut — by himself or an assailant.
Ottawa Police Staff Sgt. Rick Keindel said investigators haven’t been able to talk to him, as he has been incapacitated at hospital to deal with his injuries.
Keindel said it doesn’t appear this is a mental-health case.
“There’s no ID on the guy yet,” Keindel said. “He was apparently naked or darn close to it.”
It’s not known how long the man was in the park, where his clothes are and why he wasn’t wearing them.
“It’s an odd one,” he said.
Two cruisers guarded the scene, cordoned off with police tape, catching the attention of curious pedestrians and cyclists in the park Sunday.
“It’s almost unbelievable that something like this would be going on in Andrew Haydon Park. It’s a very safe area,” said Sholto Cole.
“It’s very much a family park,” said Elizabeth Cole.
The couple, who have lived in the area for 13 years, frequently visit the park in the morning and there’s “usually not many people around,” she added.
Generally, “it’s not the normal place for police, that’s for sure,” said Sholto Cole.
A father and daughter walked around a nearby playground in the afternoon, oblivious to the police activity, while a handful of others had a picnic.
The man remained in hospital Sunday night.
“He’ll be overnight for sure,” said Keindel.
-files from Doug Hempstead