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Another body recovered from the Charles; but probably not missing Brown student

UPDATE: The DA's office reports the victim was a 33-year-old Brighton man and that his death was declared "a non-homicide" after an autopsy and investigation.

State Police report recovering a man's body from the Charles River, between the Hatch Shell and the Harvard Bridge this morning.

Although the man's exact identity remains unknown, the body was probably not that of missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi, because it appears to have been in the water longer than he has been missing, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of his death.

The DA's office adds the body was discovered around 8 a.m. by a Boston University rowing team.

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This is becoming an epidemic. It's time to save lives. Government should strongly consider banning the Charles.

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Except, maybe, these things are publicized now and didn't used to be. Everybody has a camera on them, tweets go out, etc. That didn't used to happen.

I never saw anything in the papers or on the TV news in the mid-80s when my crew shell found a body in the basin (shudders), nor when I saw a floater when out on the esplanade one early morning and detoured into city to find a pay phone to report it to police.

In public health, an epidemic means increased incidence. This can be true increased incidence, but it sometimes means that awareness and reporting have improved. I strongly suspect that the police now report these cases and the media pick them up because they can't be hushed in an era of twitter and cel phone video.

A friend noted that her dad used to work right on the Channel at Summer St. in the 1970s, and that he would say that Monday morning meant time to watch the bodies floating by. Can you imagine that happening now? And while it may be tales urban workers told to suburban friends and children, it is simply possible that there was just a time when such things weren't news.

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Anon was being sarcastic to make a point about our PC propensity for banning 'dangerous' things. Just saying.

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I think government should build a fence or some other barrier around the Charles, both sides of course, to prevent people from falling in.

*sarcasm off*

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But it was going to be something like twenty minutes before somebody DID declare an epidemic ...

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...access to information surely has grown leaps and bounds since the 70s, but i'm wondering if those "floaters" workers saw back then were young, college-aged men reported missing only to be found dead in the charles and other boston area waterways without any explanation?

William Hurley

Gene Losik

Gregory James Hart (from MA, body found in Providence river)

Jonathan Dailey

many others...

did the ID's of the 70s floaters have a connection?

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Young (college age) men, out late at night, drinking.

Unfortunately, there is a pattern to it. But it isn't some serial killer or conspiracy at work. Death by misadventure has long been the fate of young men out drinking, water or no.

Perhaps it is time for a public awareness intervention.

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Not sure why you think this is amusing. This person I'm sure had a mother, father, friends, possibly kids. You're being a d-bag. Make a joke about the Newtown, CT kids getting blown away next. You could be on a roll!

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As I biked by, the State Police were offloading the body in a white body bag from their boat onto the dock by the Hatch Shell.

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as the weather changes.It's common for remains to surface in the spring time. I'd imagine most are not homicides, more likely suicides.

RIP.

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