Officials believe a body recovered from the Merrimack River on Sunday was that of 25-year-old Moses Harris, who disappeared while being pursued by Lowell police in December, Lowell Mayor John Leahy said Sunday evening.
The body was found in the area of 400 River Road in Andover, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.
Harris, a Black man from Lowell, jumped into the Concord River shortly after midnight on Dec. 19 after officers attempted to arrest him on domestic battery and vandalism charges, according to Lowell police. Harris allegedly refused to follow officers’ orders and fled into the freezing river near Lawrence Street, about 5 miles from where the body was recovered.
Leahy said he was informed of the identification by Lowell City Manager Eileen Donoghue, who sent a text to city leaders on Sunday night. He said he hopes the news will help Harris’s family but declined to comment further.
Carrie Kimball, a spokesperson for the district attorney, said she was unable to confirm the body belonged to Harris. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office will officially identify the body on Monday.
Harris’s family held a protest outside Lowell police headquarters in early January demanding that the department ramp up efforts to locate his body and share all the information it had about Harris’s disappearance.
Police said in January that they had searched the river area “extensively” with the help of divers, boats, and police K-9 units, drones, and thermal imaging equipment.
The Concord River is a tributary of the Merrimack River that intersects with the main river body in Lowell.
Parker Purifoy contributed to this report. They can be reached at email@example.com. Follow them on Twitter @parker_purifoy