FITCHBURG -- Emergency workers recovered the body of a man in the Nashua River below the Laurel and Water streets intersection Wednesday about 11:20 a.m.
The body was spotted face down in the river shortly before 9 a.m.
"It was a homeless man," said Paul Jarvey, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s spokesman.
State police troopers were at the site investigating late into the afternoon. Few details were immediately available.
Police closed Laurel Street between South and Water streets to traffic while they investigated and recovered the body.
The man was in the river hung up on rocks behind Mid-Town Beef Co. near the Water Street intersection.
Police set up a tent on the bridge and a second tent along the bank to protect against the rain.
Police Capt. Linda Swears confirmed the victim is a man but referred further questions to Early's office.
Deputy Fire Chief David Rousseau also declined comment at the scene.
Passers-by were saddened by the man's death.
Kenny Martinez and Jose Rodriguez were among those who stopped.
"That's a bad way to go, that's a horrible way to go," Martinez said. "I don't wish that on anybody."
The bridge has a reputation for sheltering homeless people, said Martinez, who is a laborer and works in construction but has been homeless in the past.
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