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Corpse pulled from Gowanus Canal - Brooklyn Paper

Corpse pulled from Gowanus Canal

Very slick: The Gowanus Canal may soon become a federal Superfund site, meaning that millions of dollars would be made available for its cleanup.
The Brooklyn Paper / Bess Adler

Cops are investigating after they lifted a dead man’s corpse from the toxic Gowanus Canal early Tuesday morning.

Authorities discovered the victim who they have yet to identify floating in the channel near Nevins Street around 7 am, before the Police Department’s Harbor Unit transported the “badly decomposed” body with duct tape covering its mouth to Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, where paramedics pronounced the man dead.

Officers could not immediately confirm how long the man was submerged in the canal, or what other trauma he may have suffered.

The city’s medical examiner will determine the cause of death, according to police.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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