Man’s body discovered in Westfield River

Man not believed to have been the victim of a crime, police say

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two fishermen discovered a man’s body at the bottom of the Westfield River Monday afternoon, Westfield police say.

Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe told 22News that the body of a 39 year-old man was discovered just after 1:30 in the river, west of the Whitney Playground. Officer Charles Kielbasa says the fishermen — one an off-duty Westfield firefighter — saw the man lying face-down in about five feet of water.

The man has been identified from a photo ID in his wallet, but they are not releasing his identity at this time until they can notify a brother listed as his next-of-kin.

Police say the man was homeless. They don’t know if he was living at an encampment near where he was found.

Capt. McCabe said that it is not believed that the man was the victim of a crime.

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