The Atlanta Braves lost at home Tuesday to the Cincinnati Reds, who benefited from a strong outing by former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. But many of the fans sitting in the stands for the 5-3 loss were unaware that just hours earlier, a dead body had been found in the stadium.
Tuesday afternoon, the body of a third-party contractor was found by a co-worker inside a beer cooler located in the vending area at SunTrust Park, according to Cobb County police. On Wednesday, the man was identified as 47-year-old Todd Keeling from White Bear Lake, Minn. No new information is expected to be released today.
"Because we don't have a time of death, a cause of death… we don't but a label on it. So we treat it as if it's a homicide, and go down from there," Cobb County police spokeswoman Sarah O'Hara told 11 Alive news in Atlanta. "We have not labeled it as a homicide."
The Braves have declined to comment on the situation. The Braves are currently playing against the Reds in a game that started at 12:10 p.m. The Phillies won't travel to SunTrust Stadium again until September.
News of the discovery came just hours after a dead body was found in the Fair Lawn, N.J. home of New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is reportedly investigating the situation as a potential homicide. The victim, identified as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene, had been living at Jenkins' house, according to prosecutors.
"The manner of death will be determined by the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office after a post-mortem exam," the prosecutor's office said.