Murder probe underway in death of teenager found by a hiker in Flushing’s Kissena Park earlier this week (UPDATED)

Kissena Park from the intersection of Booth Memorial Avenue and 164th Street in Flushing.
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Police have opened a homicide investigation into the death of a young man whose body was found inside of Kissena Park in Flushing on Tuesday afternoon.

Law enforcement sources said a hiker found Andy Peralta, 17, of 98th Street in Corona unconscious and unresponsive off the corner of Booth Memorial Avenue and 161st Street at 12:03 p.m. on April 24.

Police were called, and officers from the 109th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the location. First responders determined that Peralta sustained trauma to his head.

Paramedics pronounced Peralta dead at the scene. Following an autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner’s office, the NYPD announced on April 27 that it had declared the incident as a homicide.

Sources familiar with the investigation stated that it’s not clear, at this point, how long Peralta’s body had been in the park before being discovered.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

The site is close to where a dead body was found more than a year ago; medical examiners ruled that case a suicide.

Updated on April 27 at 9 a.m.

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