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PITTSBURGH (KDKA)) — Police are investigating after two bodies were found in the water on Pittsburgh’s rivers on Thursday evening, one on the city’s North Shore and the other at Chartiers Creek.
The discoveries were made just a short time apart.
“As you know from this summer and living in Pittsburgh for a while, bodies do end up in the river from time to time, but to have two in one day is uncommon,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety Department spokesperson Chris Togneri.
River Rescue crews and police were first call out around 6:20 p.m. when one of the new tour Tiki boats reported a possible body in the river.
Togneri says crews recovered the body near Point State Park a short time later. Police are still trying to determine if it was in the Allegheny River or Ohio River.
A short time later, reports of a second body started coming in at Chartiers Creek at River Road. The creek is a tributary of the Ohio River.
“Moments later, there was a report of another body,” said Togneri. “This one in Chartiers Creek where it empties into the Ohio River, and that is the dividing line between McKees Rocks and the City of Pittsburgh.”
David Mentzer was fishing in the creek, when he spotted some debris in the water. He didn’t pay too much attention, so he called his friend, and the friend said it definitely was a body, so they immediately called 911.
Togneri said both bodies are adult males.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the Chartiers Creek victim as 59-year-old Daniel Walker of McKees Rocks. No cause of death was listed.
Togneri also said it’s too early to tell whether the cases might be connected.