Body pulled from Maumee River

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A body was found lodged in a logjam at the Hosey Dam along the Maumee River mid-afternoon Wednesday.

Police and fire rescue crews were called just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to the Maumee River at the Hosey Dam, just north of South Anthony Boulevard, on a report of a possible body in the water there. Michael Joyner, FWPD Public Information Officer, said an employee with the City’s water Filtration Plant conducting his regular rounds made the discovery as he walked along the catwalk and called police.

Officials investigate around the Maumee River at South Anthony Boulevard on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, after someone reported seeing a possible body in the water.

Boats and divers responded to the area to search the water, but the strong current slowed the recovery of the body. Safety wires were strung to allow crews to reach the body. Department of Natural Resources officials were also called to the scene.

The body was recovered from the logjam and pulled from the water before 5 p.m. Joyner said the body appeared to have been in the water for some time. The gender was unclear.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office is expected to identify the victim later. It was not immediately clear how the victim died.

South Anthony Boulevard remained open during the investigation and recovery. A crowd gathered along the walkway near the river to watch.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner’s office, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Branch.

It was less than two weeks ago – May 25 – when a body was pulled from a logjam in the Maumee River, that one at the Tecumseh Street Bridge. The victim – Paul Clint Ledesma – appeared to have been in the river for weeks before he was discovered.