Body pulled from water near Dutch Gap

Published: May. 10, 2017 at 2:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 10, 2017 at 3:11 PM EDT
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Emergency crews pulled a body out of the water near Henricus Park on Wednesday around 10:15 a.m.

A call initially came in from a boater who saw something floating in the James River, quickly notifying emergency responders. Chesterfield and Henrico crews geared up and launched from the Dutch Gap boat ramp to search the river.

In less than an hour, reports hit the shore that Henrico crews were able to pull the body from the water, which wraps around Henricus Park.

The Henrico Police Department is now conducting a death investigating in the area near Dutch Gap.

"Responding units recovered a body with the assistance of Henrico Fire Department. At this time we are in the preliminary stages of a death scene investigation and are working diligently to investigate this incident," wrote Lt. Salvatore Mule, with the Henrico Police Department.

Forensic units and dive teams cleared the scene mid-morning, while police boats continued to ride the river looking for any remaining evidence.

While the river level is dropping down to seven feet, recent rains caused a strong current over the weekend.

"The way the current was the other day, if they were down here, they came from a long way. It was a strong current," expressed Scott Rowland, who frequently kayaks in the area. He was on the river over the weekend and saw logs and limbs on the rough water.

This now becomes a police investigation, led by Henrico Police.

NBC12's Stephanie Robusto is on the scene and will have additional updates on air and online.

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