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    Friday, March 01, 2024

    VIDEO: Body found in Quinebaug River in Preston

    Area of the tunnel hydro plant where a body was discovered by workers clearing debris from the water that goes to the intake valve of the plant located at the Tunnel 12S site at 72 Roosevelt Ave. Ext. along the Quinebaug River in Preston on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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    Preston — A body was found in the Quinebaug River Thursday morning, police said.

    According to state police, the body of a white male was found in the water at a power station in the area of 72 Roosevelt Ave. Ext. Mitch Furber, a Montville resident working for First Light and Power, said he discovered the body around 8 a.m.

    Every morning, crews go out to clean the racks in the river that collect debris. Furber said he noticed a large tree Thursday morning that would need to be cut up and removed. When he returned with the saw for the tree, he saw a sweatshirt near the tree that was gathering trash and found the body when he moved the sweatshirt.

    "It almost crippled me when I touched it because I knew it wasn't a tree," Furber said. He called over fellow contractors at the site to confirm that it was a deceased body and called 911.

    Detectives from the Eastern District Major Crime division and state police from Troop E in Montville are investigating the incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death and help identify the body.

    No further information is available at this time.

    Mitch Furber, an employee of First Light Power, talks about discovering a body in the Quinebaug River in Preston on Thursday, March 30, 2017. First Light Power is a subcontractor at the site. (Dana Jensen/The Day)
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