Crews pull body from Quinnipiac River

U.S. Coast Guard vessel searching the Quinnipiac River after reports of a body found in the water (WTNH / Tim Clune)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven rescue crews have recovered the body of a deceased man found floating in the Quinnipiac River Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., New Haven police, firefighters, and a boat crew from the U.S. Coast Guard  responded to the area of 1 Grand Avenue on the report that a body was found in the water. The bridge-tender at the Grand Avenue Bridge spotted the body in the water, and reported it to police immediately.

The New Haven Fire Department tweeted that someone is in the water, but did not elaborate as to their condition.

Emergency responders located the deceased man several hundred feet east of navigation buoy in the center of the river. Police said that the location was adjacent to Pierpont and Front Streets.

New Haven police said in a news release that the deceased is a white man likely in his fifties. He has a pale complexion, unkempt grey and light brown facial hair, including beard and moustache. He was wearing camouflaged long pants, an olive drab jacket over a solid green t-shirt, grey and brown Starter brand sneakers, and grey hospital style socks. He has a noticeable scar on his sternum – likely from a surgery some time ago, according to police.

Officers said the is no indication as to when, where, or how the man ended up in the water. Detectives are treating this situation as a potential crime, but it has not been declared a crime yet.

The body has been taken from the water, and has been taken for autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Fingerprints have been taken by investigators from the NHPD’s Bureau of Investigation.

New Haven police said they think they might know who the man is, but are still investigating through recent missing person reports. The identity of the man will be released once it is confirmed.

If you have any information that could help New Haven police with their investigation, you’re asked to give them a call at 203-946-6304.

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