Sunday, March 19, 2006

CSI Shuts Down Tours on Saturday

Body surfaces beside USS Razorback
A man’s body floated to the surface of the Arkansas River between the USS Razorback and the shore Saturday morning as a group of sightseers toured the submarine, which is anchored on the North Little Rock side of the river.   The body was discovered about 10:45 a.m., North Little Rock police said. Only the man’s head broke the surface in a small channel of water, witnesses said.   The Pulaski County coroner’s office responded to help North Little Rock and Little Rock fire department personnel retrieve the body at 100 Riverfront Drive. As of Saturday evening, the body had not been identified, and an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office was pending.   Two groups were touring the Razorback when the body surfaced, an employee said. Workers hung blue tarps to block the tourists’ view of the body, and eventually the tourists were ushered out.   Sgt. Terry Kuykendall of the North Little Rock Police Department said there were no obvious signs of trauma to the body. “We have no reason to believe it’s homicide,” he said. Kuykendall said he was unsure whether the body might be that of a man who was running from police last week and fell into the river near the Razorback in an effort to escape.
This story was published Sunday, March 19, 2006


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