Police recover body in Chadakoin River in Jamestown believed to be Warren native
Jamestown, N.Y. Police recovered a body from the Chadakoin River on Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the body is believed to be Sean. M. Carpenter, a Warren native that had been missing for over a month.
Carpenter was last seen in the early morning hours April 11 walking down Pine Street in Jamestown. He had been living in Jamestown for the past eight months.
According to the Jamestown Post-Journal, Dive members from the Jamestown Police Department and the New York State Police helped remove the body from the water around 1:40 p.m.. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said the body will be brought to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where an autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning.
The body was located in the river just off of Harrison St. in the city.
Samuelson said police had good reason to believe the body was that of Carpenter but declined to comment further.
Samuelson also said police will continue its investigation into Carpenter’s disappearance and what led to his death.
“From a police standpoint we’re glad that this could come to a conclusion for the family,” he said. “But for us this investigation is still continuing to figure out how he got to where he was. We still have a bunch of questions that need to be answered.”
Police initially referred to Carpenter’s disappearance as “suspicious”. Carpenter was reportedly walking toward his Superior Street home around 1:45 a.m. when he was last heard from.
The FBI has been assisting Jamestown police with its investigation. Several citywide searches took place since the April 11 incident, including from the air with use of a state police helicopter.
Police had previously lowered the water level in the Chadakoin River on April 13 as a part of the search efforts. On Friday, April 20, the State Police Aviation Unit “searched various sections of the city with a helicopter,” according to the Post-Journal, as well as to search areas not accessible by foot. Police also searched areas of North Main and First Streets in Jamestown that day.
On Saturday, April 21, two bodies were found in Randolph and Portland, N.Y., but subsequent investigation of both deaths, conducted by New York State Police, concluded that neither was related to Carpenter’s disappearance, the Post-Journal reported on April 24.