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Body found floating near Perkins Park



Published: Fri, July 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The safety-service director said it was difficult to figure out the male's age.

By MONICA BOND

and PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Police are trying to identify the body of a white male found floating in the Mahoning River on Friday afternoon.

The body, dressed in a shirt and shorts, was spotted in the river near Perkins Park. The person had no identification.

Police said they have not received any calls about a man from this area being reported missing.

"The person appeared to be young," said Doug Franklin, safety-service director. "It's difficult to figure out the age because it appears the body has been in the river for a few days."

Firefighters spent about two hours working to get the body from the river.

Investigation

Police Chief John Mandopoulos said an autopsy will be performed.

"It could be anything from natural to a homicide," Mandopoulos said. "We never know where the point of entry was."

The chief noted that police will be searching the banks to look for clothes or a vehicle.

Detective Jeff Cole said police received calls around 3:30 p.m. alerting them to a body floating in the Mahoning River.

Crystal Portis, 13, said she was playing on her grandmother's back porch at the Buckeye Apartments, off Tod Avenue, when she saw the body.

"It scared me," Crystal said. "Kids starting yelling that there was a body floating. I never saw anything like that before."

Franklin noted that this is the second body found in the river in the past 10 months.

In September, firefighters retrieved the body of 15-year-old Antoinette Cooper, who reportedly jumped into the river. Her body was found about a mile from where she jumped, firefighters said. A witness told firefighters she saw the girl jump into the river from the Dunstan Drive bridge.

mbond@vindy.comsinkovich@vindy.com




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