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State police need help identifying body recovered from Black River

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State police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man’s body recovered Tuesday morning from the Black River at the hydroelectric plant in Glen Park.

Workers were cleaning ice with a caterpillar at the hydroelectric plant when they found the body about 9:10 a.m. in chunks of ice, state police said.

Few details were available Tuesday night, but state police confirmed that it was a man and that the body was recovered shortly before 11 a.m. and taken to the Jefferson County medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

State police described the man as a white male, approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing about 260 pounds. Police said the man has a full head of dark brown hair, brown eyes and a sparse, wispy beard and mustache. He was wearing an extra-large blue American Eagle Outfitters sweatshirt, greenish-tan cargo pants, brown work boots, size 13, and a two-sided brown and black belt, size 44. Police described his boots as being 6-inch Craftsman steel-toe. Six inches is shorter than typical work boots, Senior Investigator Michael C. Pastuf said. He said the tip of the toe is worn through, leading him to believe the man works on his feet in a way that the tip of the toe is in constant contact with the ground. Mr. Pastuf said the pattern of the wear on the boot is consistent with a profession such as carpet laying.

He said police have been working nonstop since the body was discovered to make an identification, but have not been able to do so.

“It’s kind of perplexing,” Mr. Pastuf said. “And a little concerning.”

The man was described as being 30 to 45 years old, likely in his late 30s. Police said he had no tattoos or jewelry and was not carrying a wallet or cellphone.

The hydroelectric plant is operated by Northbrook Energy, a Chicago-based independent power producer. No one answered the phone Tuesday morning at the hydroelectric plant.

Police said they did not have any reports of missing men. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Watertown at 782-2112.

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