State Police Investigating Death of Woman Recovered from Charles River; Efforts to Identity Victim Ongoing

The Massachusetts State Police investigation into the death of an adult female recovered from the Charles River remains active tonight. 

Massachusetts State Police detectives have worked throughout the day in an ongoing effort to determine the female’s identity and the facts and circumstances surrounding her death, including how and when she entered the river. 

At this point we have not yet identified the victim. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

The victim is a  black female, aged approximately 18 to 25 years old, approximate 5′ 5″ in height and weighing approximately 120 lbs. The body was clothed. Anyone who knows of a missing person who matches that general description, or who has any other information possibly related to the victim, is urged to call the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817.

The deceased woman was recovered from the Charles River by the State Police Marine Unit at approximately 7:25 a.m. today, shortly after a kayaker observed the body floating in a stretch of the river between the Longfellow and Massachusetts Avenue Bridges. 

The investigation is being led by State Troopers assigned to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office with assistance from Troop H of the State Police and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. Boston and Cambridge Police have also provided assistance. The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office has ultimate jurisdiction over all death investigations in the county.