A man's body was found in the Owasco River in Auburn Friday morning.
Initial dispatch reports stated that a caller spotted a body floating in the river around 11 a.m.
Auburn Police Department Capt. James Moore said the caller initially said the body was by the police department on North Street, but the current carried the body to the North Division Street bridge.
Firefighters pulled the body of an adult male from the water around 11:20 a.m. and began providing medical assistance, police said. The Citizen's reporter at the scene said it appeared that EMTs performed CPR before placing him on a stretcher. The man was then transported by ambulance to Auburn Community Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
According to a press release Friday afternoon, the man's death does not appear to be suspicious in nature, but an autopsy will be conducted by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office. Police had not released the man's name pending notification of his next of kin.
The North Division Street bridge was temporarily closed and a helicopter was originally called to the scene to perform a sweep of the river. Moore said the caller's initial description of the body did not match what firefighters found; that led officers to suspect there may have been another victim. However, police later confirmed that the original description was not accurate.
"We are fairly confident at this time that there is just one victim," Moore said.
Anyone with information about the incident or anyone who may have witnessed a person entering the river in the downtown area should contact the Auburn Police Department at (315) 253-3231 or Detective Meagan Kalet at (315) 255-4702. Callers may remain anonymous.