Cops: Body found in Newtown Creek may be swimmer

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Police pulled a body out of the Newtown Creek on Monday evening that they believe may belong to the man who disappeared while drunkenly swimming in the East River last week.

Officers pulled the corpse out of the creek at the end of Manhattan Avenue at 8:30 pm on Monday, and said it is likely that of 21-year-old Steven Middleton, who they say dove into the water beneath the Williamsburg Bridge early on Thursday morning and got swept away in the current.

A man with Middleton’s name attended Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, according to the man’s Facebook profile.

Middleton and friends were out celebrating a graduation at 5:30 am, when they walked through a hole in a fence to hang out near the water and Middleton dove in, the New York Post reported.

Posted 4:25 am, July 2, 2014
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