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Update: Woman's Body Pulled from Water Near Arrigoni Bridge

Emergency responders spent hours recovering a body from the Connecticut River in Middletown Wednesday.

Photo Credit: CT News Alert
Photo Credit: CT News Alert
Middletown police and emergency responders removed a body from the Connecticut River Wednesday afternoon near the Arrigoni Bridge.

Aquatic teams were in the river near the bridge for more than an hour and a half, according to a state police spokesman, after police received reports of a body in the frozen waters Wednesday morning.

The Middletown Press reports a woman's body was pulled from the river but said that Middletown police are withholding the identity until the family is notified.

Portland resident Jessie Maroto was on her way to the store around 11 a.m. Wednesday when she saw two officers on the side of the bridge.

"I saw one officer hand another one a blue purse from over the bridge, where the sidewalk is," Maroto said, adding that they were just over the railing and that she didn't notice any emergency responders in the water at that time.

Maroto said she passed by again around 1:30 p.m. and saw police taking pictures off the side.

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