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Swimmer Missing Since Tuesday Evening

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (September 20, 2018)- On Thursday, September 20, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the body of a female swimmer was located in the area of Bottoms Road in the Mill River.  The body was underwater and beneath a log.  Members of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Special Emergency Response Team located the woman. 

Police and fire personnel from multiple agencies had been searching the Mill River and nearby woods since Tuesday evening, when it was reported that a swimmer who had entered the water near the Arts and Industry Building on Pine Street was missing.  High water levels, downed trees, murky water, and strong currents made the search difficult.

The woman was positively identified as that of the missing swimmer.  While the family has been notified, we are not releasing the name until extended family and friends can hear and process this difficult news.

Members of the Northampton Police Department would like to thank members of Northampton Fire Rescue, MSP, the MSP Airwing unit, Massachusetts Environmental Police, MSP Crime Scene Services, Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, Smith College Campus Police, and members of MSP SERT.