Missing man discovered in Chadakoin River
JAMESTOWN — The body of Sean Carpenter, the 35-year-old Jamestown man who went missing last month, was reportedly found in the Chadakoin River by a passerby Tuesday.
Jamestown police say they believe the body — found in the river around 1:40 p.m. just off Harrison Street — was that of Carpenter, who was last seen in the early morning hours of April 11, walking down Pine Street. The Warren, Pa., native was reportedly walking toward his Superior Street home around 1:45 a.m. when he was last heard from.
On Tuesday, dive members from the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police helped remove the male’s body from the water. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said the body could be seen from the shore when first responders arrived.
The area was quickly cordoned off while the body was recovered. Samuelson said the body will be brought to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed this morning.
“We do have reason to think that it is Sean Carpenter,” Samuelson told the newspaper.
Samuelson said police will continue its investigation into Carpenter’s disappearance and what led to his death.
“From a police standpoint we’re glad that this could come to a conclusion for the family,” he said. “But for us, this investigation is still continuing to figure out how he got to where he was. We still have a bunch of questions that need to be answered.”
The FBI has been assisting Jamestown police with its investigation. Several citywide searches took place since the April 11 incident, including from the air with use of a state police helicopter.
Shortly after Carpenter went missing, the Chadakoin River was lowered to allow police to search the water. Police had called the city man’s disappearance “suspicious.”