A person walking along an isolated path in Rock Creek Park on Tuesday afternoon discovered the carcasses of eight chickens and roosters with their throats cut in what police say may be part of a ritualistic killing.
Sgt. Lelani Woods, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police, said the uniform way each bird was killed is leading investigators to believe the killings were part of a cult practice. The bodies were turned over to animal control officers.
The discovery was made about 3 p.m. in an area of the park north of the 3500 block of 17th Street NW, near an area called Piney Branch Park. Woods said police believe the birds were killed elsewhere and dumped along a makeshift path sometime before snow started to fall Tuesday morning.
Woods said the path is not in an area typically traveled by visitors