Body pulled from Blackstone Valley pond

A man’s body was recovered from Massachusetts waters Thursday, June 15, 2017, according to reports. (WJAR)

A man’s body was recovered Thursday from a pond in the Blackstone Valley, authorities said.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said a person discovered the body floating in James Whitin Pond in Uxbridge while out for an afternoon walk.

WHDH spoke to Glenn Murphy, who told reporters it was his 32-year-old son, Patrick Murphy.

“I cried. I wanted to hurt myself. I wanted to beat myself up,” Glenn, who identified himself as Murphy’s father, told WHDH.

Glenn said he had a feeling his son was dead before police called to tell him the dreaded news.

“The hair on the back of my neck went up,” he said. “It's just parental instinct or whatever, I don't know.”

While Early hasn't officially released the man’s name or the cause of death, he said it is not considered suspicious.

"The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has accepted the case and will determine the cause and manner of death," Early said.

Glenn said he doesn't suspect foul play, noting that his son struggled with addiction.

“He had a rough life, you know? Divorced parents,” Glenn said. “He struggled.”

Now, Glenn told WHDH he's struggling to overcome guilt and grief.

“He's my son. You know, my kids are supposed to be here to bury me. I'm not supposed to be here to bury my kids,” Glenn said.

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