UPDATE: The Luzerne County Coroner Office ruled the cause of death, for the unidentified man, as drowning. Wilkes-Barre Police are now the lead agency investigating the incident.
LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – A body was found in the Susquehanna River near Wilkes-Barre just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Near the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Pierce Street, the body was spotted near an island just north of the bridge.
911 recieved a call from a person who thought they saw a body but was not certain.
Eyewitness News was there as police and fire department crews converged on the scene.
They launched a rescue boat near the Market Street Bridge. Police officers determined that it was a body.
We also saw detectives searching the grassy island in the middle of the river as well as the shores on both sides of the river.
A state police helicopter was called to the scene to take photos of the area.
We spoke to Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Joe Coffay as this investigation unfolded.
“Upon arrival we used the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department rescue boat to confirm it was a body. We notified the coroner’s office and the FSU from State Police. So our detectives are on scene working. Pennsylvania State Police helicopter taking pics from air. We will do recovery with the fire department,” said Coffay.
An autopsy will be done on the body 9 a.m. Thursday to determine the cause and manner of death. The police chief says they have received no reports of a missing person in this part of Luzerne County.
The identity of this person is not yet known. Eyewitness News has learned the victim is a male.