Body found in Bidwell Park identified


CHICO, Calif. - Authorities released the name of a woman who was found dead in Chico's Bidwell Park Thursday. The Butte County Coroner's Office identified the woman who died as Diana Surak, 56, of Chico. Part of Lower Bidwell park was closed for several hours Thursday morning after the body was discovered by a passerby around 8:30 a.m. The body was found in an area of the park known for transient camps. Police said a woman walking along the bike path Thursday morning discovered the body near Big Chico Creek and called authorities. The bike path is near Mangrove Avenue and connects the park to the downtown area. An autopsy will determine Surak's cause of death. Chico Police said Thursday they did not suspect foul play.