Police are working to identify a man whose body was found in an Indianapolis creek on Thursday afternoon.
Police received an anonymous tip about a body floating beneath a railroad bridge in the Big Eagle Creek just after 3:20 p.m.
"Too many lives are going to waste," said Ethel Hall, who lives nearby.
For years, Ethel and her neighbors said people have been ignoring signs warning the public that the water is unsafe for swimming.
"Out of the last 12 years we've had nine different drownings,” said Cathy Qualls, who lives in the area.
An IMPD spokesperson said investigators found no visible injuries on the man, but they aren't ready to call the death a drowning. The creek is just a few feet deep in the area where they discovered the body and the water is extremely low throughout the area due to the drought.
"This is ridiculous,” Hall said. “How many more people have to die down here? They need to get something done."
Hall said the danger goes beyond the water. She said the banks have become a haven for drug use and drinking that threaten the area.
"It's not the people who live in this neighborhood. It's the people out of this neighborhood that are causing all the chaos," Hall said.
Now, the neighbors simply hope this latest death will spur some action.
"People come down through here and we try to tell them it's not safe and yet they continually go down there,” Qualls said. “We don't seem to be getting any help from anybody that we call. We call the mayor's action committee, we call the police department. They can only do so much they say."
Police are expected to release more information on the investigation once an autopsy is completed on Friday.
Police working to identify man found in Big Eagle Creek