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Body Found in Deerfield River Identified as Missing Woman

Deerfield RiverDEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The body that was recovered in the Deerfield River Tuesday has been identified as the missing woman who went underwater in Conway on Sunday.

24-year-0ld, Molly Dowd of Brattleboro, Vermont was near the Number 2 Hydro Plant Dam  around 5:00 p.m. Sunday when witnesses say she became trapped by a whirlpool.   Her body was found Tuesday morning by kayakers who were on the Deerfield River in Deerfield at the time.

Mary Carey with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office says that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner positively identified her.

For two days authorities searched for Dowd.   Around 80 first responders including local rescue teams from surrounding communities and the State Police Air Wing assisted.   The search was called off on Tuesday though after the kayakers discovered the body.

State Police say Dowd was in a dangerous part of the river where water was turbulent and high following recent rains.


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