Police ID body found in Connecticut River

The Connecticut River in Haddam, Conn. (Photo: WTNH)

HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have identified the body found in the Connecticut River in Haddam Thursday afternoon.

Thirty-three-year-old Ricky Cruz of Hartford drowned May 3 while attempting to retrieve a set of keys in the water, Hartford deputy police chief Brian Foley said in a release Friday. Cruz had been fishing on the west bank when “a female dropped her keys in the water,” Foley said.

The release continued:

He made an effort to retrieve the keys by taking off some clothing and lowering himself into the water. He was then quickly taken by the swift current into the river. Witnesses observed him above water, struggling for approximately 150 yards, moving quickly south downriver until he went under. The victim did not resurface. All recovery efforts were not successful.

Two kayakers discovered the body about 3:25 p.m. Thursday, about one-half mile south of the Haddam Meadows boat launch, according to state police.

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