Neighbors say site where bodies found is a “Jekyll-Hyde park”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — What started out five days ago as remains being found in a remote part of a city park has now grown into a full blown excavation.

Earlier this week it was one body, that of 17-year-old Wilson Omar Villeda who had been missing from his Columbus home since mid-November.

Then this weekend, another body was found nearby. This is in an area of the 97-acre city of Columbus park that neighbors know as “a tale of two parks.”

“It’s a Jekyll-Hyde park; I mean at night it’s a whole different thing,” said Drew Collins, who lives at the edge of the park.

“During the day especially in the summer you hear summer activities you hear kids playing soccer, stuff like that. Then at night there’s cars that come in and park next to each other you see dome lights that occasionally go on and off. They leave quickly, gunshots, ahh, different guns.”

He especially remembers one night a few weeks ago.

“I heard seven shots, I called the police I saw two cruisers come down, they went around shined their flood lights,” Collins said.

But he says the police didn’t find anything and he says, there are often gunshots at night. Police have not said how it’s believed Wilson Omar Villeda and the other person who was found dead next to him were killed.

Meanwhile, there is more digging. Police will be back at the site of the park on Monday as they hope to identify the second body uncovered Saturday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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