New Milford police recover one deceased body from two men who had ‘gone into’ Housatonic River Wednesday; second still missing

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After receiving a report Wednesday night regarding two men who had “gone into” the Housatonic River, police have recovered the body of a 23-year-old Friday morning.

The two men were fishing near the Bleachery Dam Wednesday night around 8:30 p.m., when it appeared that one of the men fell into the river. The second man tried to rescue him when he was “swept in,” Lt. Earl Wheeler said.

“We had first responders respond out to the scene. Fire personnel, police personnel, medical personnel and search and rescue efforts were underway to bring the two individuals out of the water when they had gone under,” Wheeler said. “We’ve been continuing search and recovery efforts through probably 1 a.m., on Wednesday night into Thursday morning throughout the day until dark and then [Friday] as well.”

Around 9 a.m. Friday morning, the body of one of the men was discovered — a 23-year-old from Danbury.

The body was transferred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and is awaiting a post mortem examination, Wheeler said.

The second man, a 36-year-old, also from Danbury, is still missing.

Wheeler said their identities have not been released yet as officers are still “identifying one of the parties by next to kin.”

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