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Man’s body found in Conn. River

GILL — Firefighters pulled a dead body out of the Connecticut River shortly after noon Tuesday.

The deceased’s identity has not yet been released, pending investigation by the state medical examiner, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

A boater saw the body, and called Montague Police, who in turn called the Turners Falls Fire Department to retrieve the body, according to Fire Capt. Brian McCarthy.

The body, that of a male, was handed over to state authorities after recovery, said McCarthy.

Carey said the body was found face-down, about one mile downstream from the French King Bridge, on the Gill side of the river. McCarthy, who was not working at the time of the call, was unable to narrow down the location.

Carey said the office of the chief medical examiner would determine the body’s identity in the coming days. She said there are no suspicions of foul play.

Police, firefighters and recovery divers searched the river last week, after people reported that a male jumped from the 140-foot-high French King Bridge June 2 and didn’t resurface.

Carey said that matter is still under investigation.

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