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Body in Milwaukee River disrupts construction work (UPDATE)

By: Beth Kevit//January 10, 2013//

Body in Milwaukee River disrupts construction work (UPDATE)

By: Beth Kevit//January 10, 2013//

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Staff with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office removes the body of a man recovered from the Milwaukee River near the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge on Thursday in Milwaukee. The body was found near a Tri-North Builders construction site. (Staff photos by Kevin Harnack)

By Beth Kevit

A man’s body was found in the Milwaukee River near a Tri-North Builders Inc. construction site Thursday morning.

The site is on the east side of the Milwaukee River just north of East Wisconsin Avenue. Fitchburg-based Tri-North is upgrading the Milwaukee Riverwalk, and had a barge in the river Thursday morning.

Todd Showers, Tri-North’s site manager, said Thursday afternoon that he did not notice the body, which had floated near his site, until firefighters arrived. He said he shut down the site so the body could be retrieved.

“It’s something you don’t see every day,” he said. “Definitely weird.”

Milwaukee Police Department Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said police received a call shortly before 9 a.m. about a body in the water near North Water Street and East Wisconsin Avenue.

“We’re working with the medical examiner’s office to identify cause of death,” he said Thursday afternoon.

Stanmeyer said the department is not releasing the man’s race, but he appeared to be about 50 years old.

Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Terry Lintonen said his department put divers into the water to retrieve the body, which was turned over to the medical examiner’s office by 9:30 a.m.

“They determined he had been in the water for some time,” Lintonen said.

The body was removed from the scene around 11:15 a.m. Showers’ crew was working again Thursday afternoon.

“We all stayed,” he said.

Milwaukee Police Department officers prepare to remove the body of a man that was recovered from the Milwaukee River on Thursday morning.


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