Man's body pulled from water in New Haven

Crews are investigating a report of a body in the water in New Haven on Tuesday afternoon. (WFSB)

A man's body's was pulled from the Quinnipiac River in New Haven on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Authorities were called to a report of a body in the water in the area of 1 Grand Ave. around 1 p.m. Upon arrival, officers noticed a body floating in the river several hundred feet east of the 1st anchored navigation marker buoy in the center of the river

Marine 1 was called to the scene along the New Haven Police Department Underwater Search and Recovery Team.

Water Rescue: 1 Grand Ave. Marine 1(Eng 4) Eng 17,10 Squad 1 Truck 3 car 33,32.— New Haven Fire (@NewHavenFire) November 1, 2016

"We saw all the fire engines and ambulance and police activity go by us," eyewitness Paula Parnell said.

The body was recovered by the New Haven Police Department Underwater Search and Recovery Team and taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

It is unclear how the man ended up in the water, however police said the incident is being treated as "a potential crime."

Police said they believe they know who the man is, but are checking recent missing persons' reports. Anyone with any information about the man is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.

The man, who was believed to be in his 50s, was described between 5'8" to 5'10" and weighs about 150 pounds. He had unkempt grey and light brown facial hair including beard and moustache. Police said the man had a scar on his breast bone from surgery likely a long time ago and had a cross tattooed on his right arm.

The man was wearing camouflaged long pants, an olive drab jacket over a solid green t-shirt, grey and brown Starter brand sneakers and grey hospital-style socks when he was found on Tuesday.

Some people watched the recovery efforts.

"You hear on the news from other cities, but you don't think that you're every going to see it on your own," Teresa Ciccone, of New Haven, said.

To see photos from the scene on your mobile device, click here.

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