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Authorities recover body spotted in Niagara River

The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team retrieved a body from Black Rock Channel at mid-afternoon Monday, about half an hour after a report of a person spotted in the water. Police said the body was that of a male.

An autopsy is scheduled, according Michael J. DeGeorge, spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department.

The Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Team got the body out of the water after the Coast Guard, which sent a vessel to the area, reported the water was too shallow for its craft.

After contradictory reports were called into authorities about a man's body found near the Peace Bridge, rescue crews were sent first to the foot of Porter Avenue just after 2 p.m. and then to the foot of West Ferry before the body was spotted in the Black Rock Channel on the Niagara River side of the break wall.

The body was brought out of the water shortly after 2:30 p.m. and taken to the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office off Grider Street.



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