Body found in river in Greenfield
Members of the Greenfield and Turners Falls Technical response team retrieve a body from the Fall River just upstream from the Connecticut River on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz
Members of the Greenfield and Turners Falls technical rescue team retrieve a man’s body from the Fall River Monday. The body was discovered around 1 p.m.
GREENFIELD — Police are investigating a body spotted face down in the Fall River Monday by road workers repairing Route 2’s Factory Hollow bridge.
“We just looked down, saw him and called 911,” said Northern Construction supervisor Mike Pelow, who noticed the body in the middle of a shallow stretch of the Fall River.
Pelow said they had been having electrical problems all day and he noticed the body when he looked over the edge of the bridge to talk to the worker addressing that problem.
Pelow said he noticed the body around 1 p.m., and the construction crew hadn’t been at the site since Wednesday.
The body, apparently of a heavyset white man, was caught against rocks within sight of the small tributary’s confluence with the Connecticut River, below the Turners Falls dam.
The body was dressed in a green hooded coat, torn leggings or thermal underwear, without pants, and a single hiking or work boot.
The stretch of river in question is popular with fishermen and the bank has seen homeless encampments, according to police.
Gill Police Chief David Hastings said the body fell on the Greenfield side of the town line, which bisects the river.
The combined Greenfield Fire Department and Turners Falls Fire Department technical rescue team removed the body from the river in an inflatable boat after State Police authorized the move.
Hastings said there was nothing obviously suspicious about the scene. “I think all deaths are suspicious on the surface,” he said.
The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is handling the investigation. The DA’s office did not comment Monday.