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Body found in Charles River near Hatch Shell

Investigators worked by the banks of the Charles River after a body was found. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

The body of a person was found in the Charles River near the Hatch Shell shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

State Police spokesman David Procopio said the department’s marine unit is at the Esplanade scene, along with detectives and forensic teams. Investigators are in the process of recovering the person’s body.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

The body is of a man who may be a member of the area’s homeless community, Procopio wrote in an e-mail.

Procopio said a woman standing on the dock near the Arthur Fiedler statue saw the body in the river and alerted State Police around 12:29 p.m.


He said the body was not that of Zachary Marr, a 22-year-old from the town of Harvard last seen Feb. 13 at the Bell In Hand Tavern in Boston, in February. Marr was seen on surveillance video disappearing into the river near the Charles River Dam that morning. He has not been found.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.