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Northeastern Crew Team Finds Unidentified Body

By Keith J. Winstein


A team of rowers from Northeastern University discovered a dead body in the middle of the Charles River while practicing last night at 7:30 p.m.

The body, which Boston University police described as that of a white male, is not expected to be identified until Tuesday morning.

The crew alerted the police, and the Boston Fire Department recovered the body, said BU police Sgt. Jack St. Hilaire. A spokesperson for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office, which is investigating the case, said that there were no obvious signs of foul play, The Associated Press reported Monday night.

Body found in middle of river

“We were just about to spin, and the body was probably about 100 feet from the BU bridge when we saw it,” said Chris Jarvis, a Northeastern University junior who was in the eight-person crew shell that discovered the body.

“It was directly in the middle of the river,” he said, “right out in front of the BU boathouse” near the western end of MIT’s campus.

Jarvis’ account differed from that of the BU police and The Associated Press, who reported that the body was found by BU rowers near the Cambridge side of the river, adjacent to the Hyatt Regency hotel next to Tang Hall, slightly downriver from the BU boathouse.

Jarvis said he thought the body was female, because “it had long dark hair.”

“It looked like she’d been there for a while,” he said.

After finding the body and alerting the police, the team continued rowing, Jarvis said. “I’ve been rowing for eight years, so I have seen a couple [of bodies],” he said.