Homeless Man Found Dead in Nyack

Police: man likely froze to death.


A homeless man was found dead in Nyack's Memorial Park on Christmas Eve, Orangetown Police said.

The man was spotted on the stone steps near the playground by a resident walking his dog on the morning of Monday, Dec. 24.

The resident—believing the man was asleep—left the park to purchase him a jacket and breakfast. Upon returning, the resident discovered the man was dead.

Police could not confirm the cause of death as of Friday morning, but believe the man may have froze to death. "There were no signs of assault," said Sgt. George Garrett.

Authorities identified the man as Orlando Florez, a 46-year-old man who called the streets of Nyack home.

Garrett said Florez was a familiar face to Orangetown Police, and was often drinking—the man may have passed out the night before due to alcohol, police said.

Florez has no next of kin to contact, Garrett said.


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