NISKAYUNA – Police are investigating a report of a body possibly sighted in the Mohawk River at Niskayuna, police said.
The call came in at about 10:13 a.m. from an employee at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory who reported seeing what appeared to be a body in the river, police said.
A search ensued, but nothing had been found as of late Thursday afternoon. The search remained ongoing, Niskayuna Police said at 5 p.m.
Area police agencies responded, including the Niskayuna Police Department, Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department, Schenectady Police Department, New York State Police, Niskayuna Fire District 1 and the Alplaus Fire Department responded. The New York State Police confirmed its Under Water Recovery Unit was dispatched.
City Police Sgt. Pat Irwin confirmed city police officers and detectives were also on the Niskayuna scene, there due to the still-open Samantha Humphrey missing person’s case. Irwin also confirmed there had been no connection found with the Humphrey case, other than the location of the sighting.
Humphrey, 14, was last seen Nov. 25 at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the area of Riverside Park in Schenectady’s Stockade neighborhood. She remains missing.
Her disappearance led to multiple intensive searches of the river and surrounding area in the weeks after she was last seen. Those searches have included the state police dive teams, ground searches and a helicopter.
Police have previously indicated that they to seek tips on the case at (518) 630-0911.
Any other witnesses with information related to Thursday’s incident who have not spoken to police are asked to contact Niskayuna Lt. Joseph Twitty at 518-386-4584.
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