La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – Dick Merfeld has lived just feet away from Red Cloud Park since 1965.
So when he wandered across the street to the park Wednesday evening, he didn't think anything of it.
The next day, a body was discovered right by the spot where Merfeld had been working on a tree.
"I was over there the day before cutting up some branches that fell from the tree up there," Merfeld said. "I might have been covering up the body even more, I don't know."
Meanwhile, Robert Beyer lives a block behind Merfeld.
Beyer was at work Thursday afternoon, so he missed all the commotion when the body was discovered.
But he was stunned when he heard the news.
"It's too bad," Beyer said. "You never think it would happen here. It's just a nice, quiet, neighborhood."
Still, both Merfeld and Beyer were quick to add they still feel safe living by the now-infamous Red Cloud Park.