Updated: Man's Body Pulled From Potomac River

A man was found dead in the river Friday afternoon.


Updated at 8:30 p.m.: Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Potomac River Friday afternoon.

First responders from both Fairfax County, VA, and Montgomery County responded to the Rivers Bend area of the Potomac River where the body of a young adult male was pulled from the river, according to Assistant Chief Scott Graham with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.

Police say witnesses on the Virginia side of the river saw the man wade into the river and called 9-1-1. He is believed to have drowned after getting trapped under a rock. The body of the man, believed to be in his late teens or early twenties, has not yet been identified, according to Montgomery County Police.

WUSA9 reported that the body was pulled from under the water with the assistance of two nearby kayakers.

“The man’s keys, cell phone and wallet were located on a nearby rock,” the report stated.

Montgomery County police are investigating, according to spokesman Capt. Paul Starks.

“Medical examiner personnel responded to the scene and an autopsy has been ordered. We hope that this aids in determining not only an identity but more about the circumstances surrounding,” he said.

Police do not suspect foul play, but anyone with information about the drowning is asked to contact detectives at 240-773-5070.


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