Massachusetts authorities are investigating the discovery of a burned body found Thursday afternoon in a wooded area of Lynn.
"It's scary, it's scary," Julie Garland, a Lynn resident, said.
"You worry about the coyotes that might come out but never finding a dead body," Marie Barone, a Lynn resident, said.
Police said the body was discovered by a dog walker at approximately 2:10 p.m. in the area of Frey Park near Oak Street.
"I can't imagine walking and finding something like that," another woman said.
Making matters worse, the body was found steps away from a baseball field and a playground.
"It's disturbing to know that something like this happens in a park where you know there's a lot of children," said one woman.
"Something like this in a park? Where kids play off a main strip? This is shocking," Ralph Napoltino, a Lynn resident, said.
Lynn residents are shocked that this could happen here.
"This is probably one of the worst things I've heard from in Lynn for a long time," one resident said.
"I feel so bad for the family. Right around Christmas," Barone said.
Investigators expect identification of the body will take time given its condition.
The death is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.