Body found floating in Mohawk River

June 29, 2018 05:47 PM

SCHENECTADY - A body was found floating in the Mohawk River late Friday morning. The Rev. Richard Carlino was walking along the river and about to put his boat into the water when he spotted the body.

The priest is also the fire department chaplain too. He was headed out with a friend to enjoy a day on the Mohawk River.

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The discovery was made around 11 a.m. at Cucumber Alley off Washington Avenue near the city's border with Scotia, about three feet from the shore. However, investigators say it could have come from anywhere.

The priest called 911 and said the first responders got there in three to four minutes. It was decomposed. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.

A police department spokesperson says they do not yet know the age, gender, or race of the person found. However, the priest believes it was a male in his 40s.

"First, I thought it was a log. Then, I thought maybe a dead animal. Then, within a half a minute, I saw it was a person. I knew to just call the police. That was the right thing to do," explained Carlino.

If you have any information, Schenectady police want to hear from you. They will be going through missing person cases and reaching out to police departments in neighboring areas to determine if this person could be a match for them.


Chris Rooney

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