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Man’s body found in river

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Remains are badly decomposed; police treat death as homicide
TROY — Police are working to identify the body of a man pulled from the Hudson River on Saturday afternoon and said they are investigating the death as a homicide.
Capt. John Cooney said the remains appear to have been in the river along a cement embankment at Madison Street since the early winter.Among other cases, area police are actively investigating the recent disappearances of three young men: Shelton Grant, 22, of New York City last seen around State and Fourth streets on Nov. 30; Jaliek Rainwalker, 12, of Greenwich, who disappeared in November; and Joshua Szostak, 21, of Latham, last seen in the Albany area just before Christmas.An autopsy will be performed today to determine an identity and cause of death.

The remains were discovered around 3:30 p.m. Saturday by Andrew Kasius, who lives three blocks from the river, as he walked with his nephew and dog. The nephew, 10-year-old Adam Valle, was visiting Troy for the first time, and Kasius said he was hoping to show him some of the “urban decay” that exists in the old industrial parts of the city’s south end.

They walked to the end of Madison Street. Between an abandoned building and Bruno Machinery Corp., the embankment provides a clear view across the Hudson to Benet Laboratories of Watervliet Arsenal, beyond a parking area strewn with glass bottles, a rusted brake disc and a discarded aerosol can of glass cleaner. The wall overlooks a soupy eddy in the river where the current is somewhat milder, and debris ranging from old venetian blinds to empty bottles.

Semi-eroded concrete steps lead down to the water. As the boy and his uncle looked north, Kasius’ mixed-breed dog, Cedar, pawed the embankment and barked.

“I thought he might have seen a fish,” Kasius, 41, said. “Then I saw an arm, and a hand. It was obviously a body — it was just bobbing up and down. He’d clearly been in the water a long time.”

They ran home and dialed 911. Troy firefighters arrived at 3:44 p.m., Cooney said, and immediately determined the man was dead. According to Kasius and Cooney, the body was partially clothed, with what appeared to be more clothing nearby. The pigment had faded from the man’s skin, and his race was not immediately clear.

“It’s consistent with the cold water temperatures,” Cooney said. “The body is in relatively good condition, so the medical examiner should have something to work with. Evidence we recovered at the scene, which we will not elaborate on, indicates that we most likely have a homicide.”

Several “accessories” were also recovered. Cooney said investigators from Albany and Greenwich were notified, and examined the body before it was removed around 5:45 p.m.

http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=674352

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Written by Kim

March 23, 2008 at 9:48 am

Posted in Missing people

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  1. The body that was found was identified as my cousin Shelton Grant. Although this is a rough time for our family we are happy that we have the closure of finding him. For all that have given their condolences, on behalf of my family we thank you!

    Veronica Lilly

    March 24, 2008 at 7:56 am

  2. Hello Veronica. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. While the outcome isnt’ what anyone was hoping for, the fact that you have closure has to be comforting.

    Kim

    March 24, 2008 at 8:26 am

  3. Thank you SO much!!! I’ve been printing out alot of the articles from online. It’s hard…VERY hard. Everyone in the family is having sporadic breakdowns. It really hasn’t HIT me yet, but I know it will especially with that being a cousin that I had close ties to since his birth. It’s comforting in the sense that we can FINALLY lay him to rest, but it’s still heartbreaking to have had lost a family member. Thanks again for your condolences!!! Take Care.

    Veronica Lilly

    March 24, 2008 at 11:06 am

  4. Thank you SO much!!! I’ve been printing out alot of the articles from online. It’s hard…VERY hard. Everyone in the family is having sporadic breakdowns. It really hasn’t HIT me yet, but I know it will especially with that being a cousin that I had close ties to since his birth. It’s comforting in the sense that we can FINALLY lay him to rest, but it’s still heartbreaking to have had lost a family member. Thanks again for your condolences!!! Take Care.

    Veronica Lilly

    March 24, 2008 at 11:07 am


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