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Body found in Lehigh River in Northampton County

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:40:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2014 07:06:14 PM EDT

A body was found in the Lehigh River in Northampton County Tuesday evening.

Lehigh County Coroner Zach Lysek says the body was that of Craig M. Anthony, 50, of the unit block of S. 2nd Street in Coplay.

The coroner was called to Canal Street Park in Northampton just before 7 p.m. after an initial call for a water rescue.


"Upon the officers arriving, they found a male floating in the river face down up on the shore basically, really wasn't floating," said Detective Glen Deist with the Northampton Borough Police Department.

Scott Pedersen, a Northampton resident, was walking with his fiance and their 16-month-old grandson when they spotted the body in the river.

"I saw a guy laying there, I thought it was a hot day, he was just laying in the water and I thought nothing of it," Pedersen said.

When they walked back the same way later and the body was still floating in the river, Pedersen's fiance sent him down to the river to check on him.

"I came beelining up the path and said 'call 911, call 911, there's a dead body in the river,'" Pedersen said.

"We walk this park every night, it's not something you find every night walking through the park, it's just freaky," Pedersen said.

"His bicycle was there, there was a backpack, his shoes, his socks, and a water jug," he went on.

While foul play does not appear to be involved, the investigation is ongoing and the coroner will be doing an autopsy.