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Missing woman’s family fears she was the body found in Connecticut River Wednesday

Turners Falls firefighters head down the Connecticut River in Sunderland to help Sunderland firefighters recover a body Wednesday evening.
Recorder/David Rainville

Turners Falls firefighters head down the Connecticut River in Sunderland to help Sunderland firefighters recover a body Wednesday evening. Recorder/David Rainville Purchase photo reprints »

SUNDERLAND — Officials have not yet released the identification of the body pulled from the Connecticut River Wednesday, but a missing Greenfield woman’s family is fairly certain it was her.

The body, that of a white female, was seen in the Connecticut River near Whately’s Herlihy Park at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and recovered downstream about an hour later by Sunderland and Turners Falls firefighters. Firefighters returned to the Sunderland boat ramp and handed the body off to state police, who are in charge of the investigation.

Northwestern District Attorneys Office Spokeswoman Mary Carey said Thursday that the state medical examiner had not yet determined the identity of the body.

Though there is no official word on the body’s identity, the family of a missing Greenfield woman believe it was her.

Rebecca Streeter, 35, of Camp Road, Greenfield, was reported missing from her home in February. On Thursday, Streeter’s family set up a fundraising site at www.gofundme.com/ar89d0 to raise money for Streeter’s funeral. The site, started by a Nicki Phillips, states “My brother and I lost my mom 4 months ago we thought she was missing and we just found out she has passed away.”

Streeter’s aunt, Paula Tirrell, called The Recorder Thursday, and said that her family was sure the body was Streeter. Tirrell said she was unsure if family members had received unofficial word confirming Streeter’s identity, or simply made the assumption themselves.

Greenfield police investigated Streeter’s disappearance, and said that no signs of foul play were observed at Streeter’s home. Streeter’s cell phone, keys and car were all located at her house.

Streeter’s home is near the Connecticut River, and in March, the river was searched by boat and helicopter, though nothing turned up. At the time, Greenfield Sgt. Daniel McCarthy said that police had no specific information leading them to believe Streeter would be found in the river. McCarthy said the river was searched simply because of its proximity to Streeter’s home.

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