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Body found in Potomac River is believed to be man swept away by current on Labor Day

Montgomery County authorities recovered the body Thursday of a 22-year-old man who fell in the Potomac River Labor Day and drowned, officials said.

Police and fire crews were called to the 10800 block of Macarthur Blvd. about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and they recovered the body near the Maryland Chute portion of the river, officials said.

On Monday, the man lost his footing while wading in the water near the Great Falls overlook and was swept away by the current. Rescue and recovery crews searched for the man for hours on Monday and Tuesday, but were unsuccessful in finding him.

Police said they believe the body is the missing man’s, but they continue to investigate. The man’s name has not been released.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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