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Posted at 5:39 PM ET, 06/ 2/2010

Workers remove body from Potomac

By Washington Post Editors

Updated, 7:22 p.m.:

Rescue workers removed a body in the Potomac River on Wednesday afternoon, about five miles downstream from where a 13-year-old girl and her mother went missing on Memorial Day, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service officials said.

About 2:20 p.m., crew aboard a U.S. Park Police helicopter spotted what appeared to be a body in the river, according to Capt. Oscar Garcia of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. The body was just below the Little Falls dam, apparently wedged between rocks, he said.

Rescue workers tethered to ropes waded into the river and placed the body inside an inflatable boat, which was then brought to shore, Garcia said. The operation took about three hours.

Garcia and police officials didn’t immediately say whether the body was one of the two family members who went missing Monday. The body was taken to the Maryland medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The area is near Lock 6, said Assistant Montgomery Fire Chief Scott Graham. Lock 6, also known as Magazine Lock, is adjacent to the Clara Barton Parkway.

Garcia said a news conference is planned for 9 a.m. Thursday to reiterate that swimming in that stretch of the river is illegal and extremely dangerous.

-- Dan Morse

By Washington Post Editors  | June 2, 2010; 5:39 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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