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Crews pull male body from the Providence River

Crews on scene of reported body in Providence River (WJAR)

Providence police are working to identify the body of a man that was pulled from the Providence River this afternoon. It was spotted by a passerby floating near the storm drain in the river near the 200 block of Dyer Avenue.

Investigators confirm that the body is that of a male, but have not identified him further. The location of the body made efforts to remove it safely from the river difficult for rescue crews.

“Providence Fire went down into the water and floated the body into a boat which was then lifted on shore," said Maj. David Lapatin of the Providence Police Department.

The medical examiner was on scene to transport the body for further investigation. It is too early to tell what may have caused the body to go into the water, or if any foul play is involved. Investigators will check the body for identification. If not, the process of identifying the remains begins.

“We’ll check missing persons. We’ll call neighboring departments," explained Maj. Lapatin. "We’ll check along the water for any vehicles that may have been there for a day or two and many more things. We’re going to start now.”

Police say that they estimate the body was in the water for "at least a few hours" before it was found.

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