Body Found Floating in Wissahickon Saturday

Philadelphia Police now say the body pulled from the Wissahickon Creek was a man.


Philadelphia Police and the medical examiner's office are investigating a body found floating in the Wissahickon Creek in near where the creek flows into the Schyulkill River.

Philadelphia Police Spokeswoman Officer Christine O'Brien tells Patch the body was found floating near Lincoln Drive and Ridge Avenue in East Falls. 

Police say the body, believed to be an as-yet-unidentified male, was discovered in the water at 2:02 p.m. and pronounced dead at 2:18 p.m..

The medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause of death.

O'Brien tells Patch the medical examiner's office is conducting an investigation and further details may be released Monday afternoon once an autopsy is completed.

Check back with Patch for updates on this developing story as they become available.

Louise F. Pongracz February 17, 2013 at 02:07 AM
How horrifying. There was also a death in Flourtown today - was someone hit on Mill Road in the late afternoon? Much police activity.
Kevin Bennett February 17, 2013 at 02:57 AM
There was NOT a death in Flourtown. It was a minor accident where a vehicle struck a pedestrian.
Mia Mengucci February 17, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Was there really a need to post photos of them retrieving the body?
Carol February 17, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I agree w/Mia (above).
Christine B February 17, 2013 at 03:14 PM
My thoughts exactly. The pictures were incredibly unnecessary.
kevin February 17, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Oh no! my eyes! The real world, it burns! Shelter me! I agree, some puppy pics or the cutest couple in Roxborough would be more appropriate.
Kevin Bennett February 17, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I agree, the pictures were in extremely bad taste and should be removed.
Christine B February 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I get that ugly things happen in the real world, but I don't think it's necessary to put pictures of them fishing a body out with a pole online. What about that man's family? I just don't think it's an image that needs to be shared with the world.
Donna Picotta February 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I don't think it was the TD Bank robber! He is still alive and kicking! Why can't they find anything nice happening in Roxborough?
ThatGuy February 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM
maybe they should have left the deceased there for everyone to see. The sensitive constitution that your comment implies is offensive. The world is happening around you. It is dirty and messy. Sharing your inability to deal with it, in the face of death, and the civil servants that clean up the mess for you, smells of ignorance or worse... arrogance. It is exactly the buffer zone of indifference that you shrowd yourself with that allows the evil in this world to fester. I am sure you are wealthy enough to buy a clue, it's ashame that shit isn't sold in a store, huh?
rich February 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM
I see the neighborhood is really shaping up .Besides bodies being found and bank robberies the neighborhood is great.
Bonnie February 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM
@thatguy: It's not about being shielded from the ugliness or expecting someone to cleanup messes so ignorant and arrogant people wont have to look upon it. It is about respect for the deceased and the poor soul's family. Maybe a little less hatred and a little more kindness would be what would make this world a better place. A filter on your bitterness could work also.
Philadelphia February 18, 2013 at 12:54 PM
The man that they are pulling from the river is a friend of mine that has been missing since mid December. These photos are in very bad taste and need to be removed. This is not the way we want to remember our friend. How would you feel if this was a friend or family member that you were grieving over.
Debbie Thomas February 18, 2013 at 01:20 PM
So sorry to hear that, Philadelphia. I agree about the photos. Remove them.
Town Hero February 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM
If I was dead in a river, i'd want people to see pictures of me. Who is anyone here to speak for the man? Did he discuss that he would never want his body to be seen if he were to die? It's news and I for one want to know everything. I'd like to see shots of him on the slab being autopsied. You people don't speak for everyone in the world. If the author chose to put up pictures, it was the authors call, not yours. Don't want to see it, don't look. jerks.
Town Hero February 19, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Also, this is the guy that search and rescue was looking for last month if anyone saw them searching along henry ave near the golf course.
Town Hero February 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Another also, if you don't think he jumped from the henry ave bridge, you'd be a fool.
Cermanski February 19, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I guess I should let everyone know now, if I am ever found dead in a public place, please don't show pictures of my decomposing body all over the internet.
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