Body Found in C&O Canal Identified


A body found floating in the C&O Canal near 31st Street Tuesday morning, April 12, has been identified, according to D.C. police.
Osbaldo Lemus Bernal, 51, of Arlington, Virginia, was found in the canal around 7:30 a.m. by construction workers, who took a photo from the canal towpath near the Sea Catch Restaurant of the backpack floating above the man’s body. The Metropolitan Police Department indicated that the death might not be suspicious, although homicide units were on the scene the morning the body was discovered. Parts of 31st Street and South Street were blocked off for a time.

According to informed sources, the body had been in the water for more than a day. The deceased worked at a business less than one block away.


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