Police ID Body Recovered from Schuylkill on Monday

Authorities say there was no sign of foul play in the death of Carlos Enrique Velasco.

Police have identified the body of the man recovered from the Schuylkill River near Riverfront Park in Norristown on Monday, Nov. 19, as Carlos Enrique Velasco, of Guatemala.

Norristown Police Chief Russel Bono confirmed the late 20-something year-old man had been drinking heavily the night before he was found. On Tuesday evening, Chief Bono said police were still awaiting the results of an autopsy from the Montgomery County Coroner's office. 

"Our investigation led us to learn that he was drinking, rather heavily, with friends at the location Saturday night, and he was reportedly so drunk that his friends left him there to sleep it off," Chief Bono told The Times Herald. "From there, we’re not sure what happened, whether he fell in or what."

According to the Herald, Velasco was living in Norristown on the 600 block of Corson Street.

Velasco's body was discovered floating in the river at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday  by a Pennsylvania game warden who alerted authorities. Teams of police investigators, county detectives and fire department rescue workers secured the scene around a wooded path to the location of the body. The body was eventually recovered and transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

Read more about the incident here on the Herald's website.


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worldpeace2013 November 24, 2012 at 03:30 AM
seem like th worst friends
Sparkling Cyanide November 24, 2012 at 07:38 PM
All the more reason why alcohol should be illegal. Any drug(alcohol) that alters the mind and functioning ability should be illegal. Another thing, the police should have permission to administer a good whop a$$ on anyone found drunk in public.....mind you I did not say kick.....I said whop a$$, meaning a good beating. I believe by doing this it will cut down on alcohol purchase. Also after a few beatings the drunkard would cringe anytime he/she sees a bottle of alcohol.
Dangerfield November 26, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Unfortunate. Condolences to his family.


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