Coroner called for body recovery in Susquehanna River

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A body has been discovered in the Susquehanna River near Market Street bridge in Wilkes-Barre.

What started off as a water rescue quickly turned into a recovery effort Tuesday morning along the Susquehanna River.

“There was a woman walking across the market street bridge who saw what she thought was a body floating and subsequently called 911,” explained Fire Chief Jay Delaney.

The call came in at 9:49 a.m, crews set up on the Market Street Bridge the portal on South River Street and the Nesbitt Boat Launch.

Within 20 minutes crews with the Wilkes-Barre fire and police departments discovered a man’s body downriver from the Market Street Bridge along the river bank.

“Once the first firefighter got to the scene we determined that it wasn’t safe to remove this person through a hilly muddy rocky terrain and we chose to bring this person upon the water rescue craft,” said Chief Delaney.

The Luzerne County Coroner Frank Hacken pronounced the man dead on the scene and removed him from the river.

“We believe he’s an older gentleman,” stated Hacken. Officials have not identified the man at this time but say he was about 60 years old. The cause of death is pending an autopsy report on September 15th. The coroner believes his death is not suspicious.

“We are pending the notification of family identification and at the time the notification is made and the autopsy is completed we will release information at that time,” explained Hacken.

Chief Delaney says there have been no reports of a missing person. It is unknown how long the person was in the water.

This is an ongoing investigation and we will update you with the latest information as it is released.

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