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UPDATE // The body found in the Connecticut River in Hadley Friday has been identified as a University of Massachusetts student who was reported missing back in December. 


NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Police are investigating the discovery of a body found by a boater in the Connecticut River on Friday afternoon.

According to a news release sent on Saturday morning by the District Attorney’s Office, at around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, a boater asked for help when he discovered a body in the river.

The Northampton Police Department was able to trace the phone call to find the boater about a mile and a half south of the Coolidge Bridge, near the Rainbow Beach area.

The body was located in the river near the Hadley and Northampton line shortly after 6:00 p.m. Both the Northampton Police and Fire Department arrived at the area by boat and recovered the body of a man.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is investigating the cause of death and identification of the body. The Massachusetts State Police is also part of the investigation and no additional information is available at this time.

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