WATERTOWN — The body of a man, about 50 years old, was found in the Black River on Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Lt. Joseph Donoghue said the city of Watertown Police Department responded to 234 Mill St. sometime before 1:25 p.m. Employees with Brookfield Renewable Power had told dispatchers they had discovered a body in racks in the river, which catch debris to prevent it from going into turbines.

The Watertown Fire Department responded shortly after and assisted in recovering a body from the river, Lt. Donoghue said.

He said the investigation is in its early stages, but investigators believe they know who the man is.

Lt. Donoghue said this was the first body recovery in this area that he is aware of.

He was unclear if the racks belonged to Brookfield or National Grid.

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