Man found stabbed to death in Mountain View Park

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Police are investing the discovery of a body who was stabbed to death in a Phoenix park early Tuesday morning.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was found face-down in the grass of Mountain View Park at Seventh Avenue and Cheryl Drive, which is on the southwest edge of North Mountain Park.

A passer-by reportedly called the police shortly before 5 a.m.

Few details were immediately available, but officers taped off a large portion of the park, including a restroom area.

Aerial video from the park showed several police cars in the area. Emergency medical personnel were called out, but the man was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police have confirmed that the man was stabbed to death and they believe it happened at about 3 a.m. They have not, however, determined a motive for the killing nor do they have a suspect.

While detectives have not identified the victim, witnesses told 3TV's Ryan O'Donnell that the man camped and lived on preserve land near the park.

While the majority of the park was closed so detectives could conduct their investigation, a small portion remained open to walkers and bicyclists.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.