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  • Fort Wayne firefighters work to remove a body that was found Wednesday in a log jam on the Maumee River at the Hosey Dam. (Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette)

Thursday, June 08, 2017 1:00 am

Body found among tree debris in Maumee

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Fire Department pulled a body Wednesday from a log jam on the north side of the Hosey Dam on the Maumee River.

A city employee called emergency services about 2:30 p.m. The filtration plant worker was conducting his regular rounds as he walked along the catwalk of the Hosey Dam near North Anthony Boulevard. That's when he smelled something foul and discovered the body, police said.

Three firefighters rowed up to the body in an inflatable raft and spent about 15 minutes pulling the body from the center of the dam where tree stumps and branches had collected.

Michael Joyner, Fort Wayne police public information officer, said an autopsy would be conducted today. The body appeared to have been in the water “for a while,” he said. Officials do not know the gender.

This is the third time a body has been recovered from city waters in three weeks, Joyner said. Last month, one was recovered from a pond near Lakeside Park and another was recovered from the Maumee River near the Tecumseh Street bridge and Edgewater Avenue.

About 40 people gathered to watch as police and fire emergency personnel worked to retrieve the body Wednesday.

jduffy@jg.net