Bloody gloves found in park

An Ashland Parks and Recreation employee found two bloody latex gloves and a substantial amount of blood smeared across a picnic table Monday morning in Sherwood Park, police said.

A neighbor told the Ashland Police Department she heard what she thought may have been a fight in the park the previous night. No other neighbors in the area between Siskiyou Boulevard and Ashland Street reported hearing or seeing anything unusual, Police Chief Terry Holderness said this morning.

"They hadn't seen or heard anything," he said. "It's just a really weird circumstance."

Police collected evidence at the scene, which was discovered at about 7:45 a.m., but do not have much information about what took place at the neighborhood park, located off Park Street, directly behind Ashland Fire Station No. 2.

"It could have been a lot of things," Holderness said. "The fact that the latex gloves are there is kind of unusual. That's an anomaly I haven't seen before."

Police checked with area hospitals, but found no patients who had arrived with wounds, he said.

"It was a substantial enough amount of blood that if it was from a person, it probably was a pretty good injury," Holderness said.

Officers know of no victims related to the incident and have no suspects, according to the police report released this morning.

The gloves found at the scene were the type police officers or doctors use, Holderness said.

"The gloves are strange," he said. "My first thought was somebody tried to do first aid and was unequipped to do it, but that's pure speculation."

Detectives are not actively investigating the case because they have little information. If they receive more information about a possible crime that took place at the park, they may run tests on the evidence collected, Holderness said.

"At this point we're not doing any kind of test because we don't really have any kind of reason," he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

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