WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been nearly 24 hours since a body was found in a Trumbull County river.
Investigators are still working to identify the body found in the Mahoning River Tuesday evening.
The shocking discovery was made just before 7 p.m. by someone walking down to the riverbank to use the restroom before playing in a softball game at Perkins Park.
“I’m pretty sure there’s a 99.9% chance there’s a dead body in the river,” a 911 caller said.
There were people in the park at the time with games going on while investigators secured the scene to recover the person.
“We do our best to try to shield that from the public,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.
Investigators say the victim is a man who, based on his condition, they believe had been deceased for a while.
“It was pretty hard to recognize the individual. So just based on that alone I would say he’d been there, you know, I’m not a doctor, so a couple days… a week. So he might have been in the river for a little bit,” Massucci said.
They didn’t find an ID on him. However, personal items including a backpack do point to who it may be.
“Through our investigation, it appears this deceased person, which is a male, could possibly be a missing person that we had already been actively investigating,” Massucci said.
Police say they’ll likely have to rely on dental records to make a positive identification in this case.