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Boaters find body in Detroit River

Jim Lynch
The Detroit News

Detroit — U.S. Coast Guard and Detroit police officials have confirmed that a body was recovered from the Detroit River late Sunday morning.

The body remains unidentified as of Sunday afternoon. It is unclear if the body is that of a man that has been missing since early Thursday after falling from a boat into the river near Belle Isle. But there are similarities.

The body found by boaters on Sunday is described as a black male. The body rescue crews have been searching for over the past three days was also male.

Cassandra Lewis, administrative sergeant for the Detroit Police Department, said the body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. in the area of the river near 24th Street.

The Coast Guard has been searching for a 44-year-old man who fell overboard in the river about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. He was watching a concert from a 33-foot boat anchored in the river off shore from the amphitheater at Detroit’s Chene Park.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Austin Ives tells WJBK-TV that witnesses saw the man disappear under the surface in the fast-moving water.

Associated Press contributed