PHOTOS: Body found floating in the Ottauquechee River below Quechee Gorge
Police expect body to be that of an out-of-state man missing since late April
NORTH HARTLAND - A pair of hikers out for a walk alongside the Quechee Gorge made an unpleasant discovery Saturday afternoon when they spotted a body floating near the edge of a marshy section of shoreline on the Ottauquechee River about halfway between the Route 4 Bridge and the North Hartland Dam.
A couple of Fish & Wildlife wardens arrived on the scene first and they were joined shortly by police from Hartford, a state trooper, and an assistant medical examiner.
From start to finish, the recovery operation took about four hours with the assistance of Hartford firefighters who travelled a mile-and-a-half upriver from the North Hartland Dam in one of their rescue boats to where the body was located. The firefighters helped Hartford Police Sgt. Jay Pedro take photographs of the body at the spot where it was found and then transported the remains back down the river in their boat to a hearse waiting at the boat launch area by the massive flood control dam.
Sgt. Pedro said that, while a positive identification will have to await the conclusions of an autopsy that will take place in Burlington at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the working theory among investigators is that the remains belong to an out-of-state man who has been missing since his car was discovered in late April in a parking lot next to the Quechee Gorge Bridge.
"If it turns out to be him this would be our third jumper this year," Sgt. Pedro noted.
Hartford firefighters make their way up the Gorge in heavy rain Saturday afternoon
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