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Police: Arrest made after body found in Tampa park

Detectives say the homicide does not appear to be random.

TAMPA, Fla. — A body was found Wednesday morning at Centennial Park in Tampa. In an update Thursday, Tampa police announced an arrest had been made in connection to the homicide case.

Darian Daniels, 47, was arrested and booked into the Orient Road Jail on a charge of second-degree murder.

Police were dispatched just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Responding officers found a man dead with trauma to his upper body. The preliminary investigation suggests he was killed by somebody he knew – and that this was no random act, according to law enforcement.

"Detectives are currently working to develop additional leads in the case," the Tampa Police Department wrote in an email Wednesday.

The following day, police confirmed that they were able to speak with witnesses who saw at least part of the murder and an officer who is familiar with the area was able to identify Daniels as the suspect before tracking him down.

The Tampa Police Department said this investigation is "an excellent example of how quickly a homicide case can be solved with the help of the community," as the case was solved in less than 24 hours.

Anyone with information that might help investigators was urged to call TPD at 813-231-6130.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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