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Fall River body remains mystery

GREENFIELD — The circumstances surrounding a body found Monday afternoon in the Fall River remained mysterious Tuesday.

The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release the man’s identity or comment on the circumstances of his death.

“All we can say at the present time is that we are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding which a male body was discovered in the river,” First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne said in a news release. “We are awaiting the findings of the medical examiner regarding cause and manner of death, and are also working on making a positive identification of the body.”

Construction workers repairing the Route 2 bridge over Fall River in the Factory Hollow section of the Gill-Greenfield town line noticed the body midstream in the shallow water Monday afternoon.

Lt. Daniel McCarthy of the Greenfield Police Department, at the scene Monday, said Tuesday the death did not appear suspicious to him.

The Fall River, labeled Falls River for various stretches on some maps, flows south from Vermont through Bernardston to the Connecticut River junction, but McCarthy said it appeared the man fell in the river where he was found.

McCarthy said state police were working on notifying the man’s family out of the area Tuesday. It appeared the man may have stopped in the area for a brief period, he said, probably a matter of a few days.

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