PITTSBURGH - A body has been reported near the 40th Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, which is down river from where an elderly man was swept away by fast-moving currents in the Allegheny River.
Authorities have yet to release the name of that man who was seen going under the water about 3:50 p.m. Friday near the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. The 74-year-old man was wading in chest-deep water when he appeared to lose his footing and was swept away.
Emergency crews responded to two reports of a body floating in the river Sunday, but both turned out to be debris.
Monday's report about the body near the bridge came in about 6:15 a.m.
“About 18 minutes after 6 this morning, a 911 caller reported what appeared to be a body in the river,” Public Safety Information Officer Sonya Toler said.
Authorities have confirmed that a body was found Monday morning, but said the medical examiner will have to perform tests to make an identification.
“We’re waiting for the Allegheny Medical Examiner’s officer to make an identification on the body and then that will determine the next steps in this investigation if there is to be one,” Toler said.
Officials told Channel 11’s Brittny McGraw that the man had on a shirt and shorts, but no shoes and there were no signs of trauma on the body.