LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Runners, walkers and cyclists are on heightened alert after a dead body was found Thursday afternoon in one of Louisville's most popular parks.

Police say a woman walking her dog made the gruesome discovery and called police around 3:30 p.m. just as Iroquois Park begins to get crowded with people coming to exercise after work.

Louisville Metro Police are currently treating it as a death investigation.

As police packed up and left the scene, a group of young runners began to stretch and warm up before their run while listening to directions from their coach.

“Stay together in a group. Little ones, stay in front of them. You all stay behind them, and he'll stay on the bike behind you guys,” said Coach Wendy Perdue.

Safety comes first when it comes to the Village of Louisville Track Club. Coach Perdue said that after the body was found along a wooded trail in the park, she wasn't going to take any chances with her young athletes.

“It is concerning. That's why one of the dads brought his bike with him, and he's going to follow behind the kids and make sure everything is OK,” she said.

Police say the body of a man was found about 200 yards into the woods off Rundill Road near Melody Lane. A woman walking her dog on the trail found the body.

Those who frequent Iroquois Park often say it's shocking.

“I come here to run two or three times a week,” Taylor Reilly said. “I would never think that would happen here, really. I usually feel safe when I run, just wave at everybody going by.”

Police are releasing few details of the investigation, and that is the most troubling for some.

“Especially not knowing what the circumstances were,” said Dan DeSpain, who walks the trails almost every day.

“Yesterday when we were here, it was so peaceful and nice," Coach Perdue said. "Everybody was out running and people were out biking."

She said most people at the park appear to be more aware of their surroundings, but aren't going to let fear keep them from enjoying a workout -- kids included.

“Kids' safety is the biggest thing," she said. "Getting them out here, letting them work out and keeping them safe," Coach Perdue said.

Police are currently awaiting autopsy results to determine how the man died.

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