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Body Found in Tidal Basin Identified

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A view from near the location where a man's body was found floating in the Tidal Basin. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

A view from near the location where a man’s body was found floating in the Tidal Basin. (credit: John Domen/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The body of a man pulled from the Potomac River earlier this week has been identified as a tourist from Chicago.

Police confirmed Friday that the body found floating in the tidal basin near the Roosevelt Memorial early Thursday morning is that of Sarath Potharaju, a tourist from Chicago who disappeared Easter Sunday.

Authorities said a U.S. Park Police officer discovered the body floating in the tidal basin at about 1 a.m. Thursday. Authorities were able to clear the scene by 4:30 a.m. before tourists returned to view the blooming cherry blossoms.

It was the second time within a week a body has been discovered in the area. Police found another man’s body floating in the river on Saturday morning.

It is unclear whether the two cases are connected.

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