Body pulled from CT River in Middletown - WNEM TV 5

Body pulled from CT River in Middletown

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A decomposing body was pulled from Connecticut River in Middletown on Saturday afternoon.

Two fishermen reported seeing the body of a man in some debris floating just north of the Arrigoni Bridge around 3 p.m., police said.

The body is believed to have been in the water since the end of 2012. The body was found badly decomposed, but authorities have identified the victim.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time, however, officials said the man is not from Middletown.

"It's someone who has gone missing, and we are going to hold off making any identification pending the notification of the families," said Sgt. Bill Porter of Middletown Police Department.

Crews worked out of Middletown Fire and Police Public Safety dock because it's private and it's out of the way.

The marine unit recovered the body of man in the area between Wilcox Island and the Middletown shoreline, police said.

Fisherman John Hagglund said he caught something other than fish.

"We snagged a muddy, dirty shirt at the bottom of the water," Hagglund said.

Hagglund told Eyewitness News he hopes it's not related to this case, but said debris is always in the river.

"Drifting woods, tree limbs, things like that, especially when it rains a lot because the current and flow is pretty strong so things get washed into the water," Hagglund said.

Police said the discovery remains under investigation, and investigators should have an update sometime next week.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Middletown Police Department at 860-638-4000.

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