Body found in Connecticut River ID’d as missing New Hampshire man

Staff Writer
Published: 7/21/2021 7:15:00 PM

NORTHFIELD — The body recovered from the Connecticut River near the Route 10 bridge on Monday evening after being discovered by a passing cyclist has been identified as 43-year-old Michael Aldieri, of Hinsdale, N.H.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had not yet determined the cause of death as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Laurie Loisel, communication and outreach director for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Aldieri had been reported missing from Hinsdale last week.

Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III told the Greenfield Recorder on Monday that firefighters from his department and the Northfield Dive/Rescue Team responded to the Route 10 bridge at around 6:50 p.m. after a caller reported seeing a man’s body floating, face down, in the Connecticut River.

After the Fire Department arrived, Dunnell said he saw Aldieri’s body about a football field’s length from the bridge, and advised his crew to be cautious as the body neared debris on the river. Area police, including officers with the Gill Police Department, and State Police crime scene investigators also responded.

“My Fire Department boat launched from the Northfield Mount Hermon (School) boat ramp,” Dunnell recounted. “By the time we got down there, the subject had gone around the corner.”

First responders proceeded down the river a short distance before they located and retrieved Aldieri’s body.

Loisel stated in a press release Tuesday that the discovery marks the fourth body recovered from the Connecticut River in Franklin or Hampshire counties in a nine-week period. Bodies were discovered near Hadley on May 21 and May 26, and near the French King Bridge near the Gill-Erving town line on July 3. However, the cases are not believed to be related or considered suspicious.

Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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