Kayaker discovers body in Murrumbidgee River at Wagga

UPDATE

Police suspect the body found in the Murrumbidgee on Friday evening was a local, however, no further details are available at this time.

Superintendent Bob Noble voiced police suspicions in a tweet early on Saturday morning.

EARLIER

POLICE are investigating after a man’s body was found in the Murrumbidgee River on Friday evening.

A kayaker discovered the body downstream of Wagga Beach about 7pm and notified emergency services.

A police spokesperson said the body is believed to be that of a 66-year-old man, however, no formal identification has been made.

A postmortem examination will be carried out in the coming days to determine the cause of death.

Inquiries are continuing.

The incident comes after 28-year-old man Mark Timms drowned in the river last month.

Since 2002-03, there have been 21 confirmed drownings in the Murrumbidgee River, including 10 in Wagga, making it one of the country’s deadliest waterways.

More to come.

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