Athol: Body recovered from Millers River

  • Units of the Athol Police Department responded to the scene Wednesday after a body was reported to be in the water near the dam below the Crescent Street bridge. The bridge was closed to traffic while the incident was investigated and the body recovered. STAFF PHOTO/GREG VINE

For The Athol Daily News
Published: 6/16/2021 4:29:50 PM
Modified: 6/16/2021 4:29:54 PM

ATHOL — Local first responders recovered a body from the Millers River near the L.S. Starrett Company mid-day Wednesday.

Very few details were available Wednesday afternoon.

What is known is that first responders were initially called to the scene at 10:56 a.m. The body, believed to be that of a female, was found facedown in the river near the dam below the Crescent Street Bridge. No approximate age of the victim has been released.

Michelle Richotte, executive assistant to Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, released this statement: “The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office, who will determine identification and the cause of death. The Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office along with Athol Police are investigating the incident.”

Units from the Athol Police and Fire departments were on the scene for about 2½ hours. The body was removed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Worcester County at around 1:30 p.m.

Cases of this kind are usually referred for investigation to the State Police Crime Unit attached to the Office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early.

Greg Vine can be reached at 

Domenic Poli contributed to this story.

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