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Man's body pulled from Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee

Posted at 9:52 AM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 15:50:19-04

MILWAUKEE -- A man's body was pulled from the Milwaukee River  Thursday morning, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says.

It happened near Michigan and Water Streets in downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Fire Department says they were called to the scene just before 7:00 a.m. to recover the body. The man's identity is unknown at this time, pending further investigation. 

TODAY'S TMJ4 has learned the identity of the victim from a family member, but is waiting for police to confirm they've contacted all family members.

The brother of the victim says he was out with friends Sunday night at McGillycuddy's bar on Water Street. The victim's body was found just south of there Thursday morning. 

The space between Michigan and Clybourn Streets was closed for several hours during the investigation. All eyes were drawn to the scene as many people walked over the Michigan Street bridge on their way to work. 

"So sad man," Abdel Haouchine said. "I just feel sorry for their family you know? So sad."

"It's always sad when that happens," Mike Hawley said. "It will be nice to find out what happens."

Hawley works nearby. He says him and his coworkers walk along the riverfront frequently. 

"I was a little worried and wondering if it happened during the day or night," Hawley said. "You never know if it's random or if it could be more than that."

The Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy will be performed later Thursday.