Body Found in East River Where Man Went Missing

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Body Found in East River Where Man Went Missing

Authorities say they've recovered a body from the East River near where a man went missing while swimming with friends last Thursday. 

The body was found in the waters off Brooklyn at about 8 p.m. Monday. An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday morning, the FDNY said. 

Last week, 21-year-old Steven Middleton was with three friends celebrating a birthday when they decided to go into the river, according to relatives. 

Police say Middleton climbed down a ladder from a pier at North First Street, about a half mile north of the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge, and was immediately caught in the fast-moving current.

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