Remains of two people found in Schuylkill

Posted: April 06, 2014

A man's body and the partial skeletal remains of another person were recovered Friday from the Schuylkill, bringing to four the number of bodies retrieved from the river in the last two weeks, police said.

"It's not uncommon in the springtime. As the weather warms, the water warms, so we're starting to see bodies float up," said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. "Two in a day is unusual. Four in two weeks is a high number for us."

The man's body was found shortly before noon, when it was spotted floating near the Market Street Bridge. It was recovered just south of the Walnut Street Bridge.

The man appeared to be white, in his 20s or 30s, and did not carry any identification, police said. The Medical Examiner's Office will try to determine the cause and manner of the man's death.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body, Walker said. How the man died or how long the body, which was covered with mud, had been in the river could not be immediately determined, he said.

Soon after the Marine Unit recovered the body from the calm waters, a human torso was found farther downriver.

Walker said the head and limbs were missing. The remains seemed to have been in the river for a while, he added.

Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan described the torso, found under the University Avenue on-ramp to the westbound Schuylkill Expressway, as skeletal, and said the gender could not be determined.

Both bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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Inquirer staff writer Robert Moran contributed to this article.

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