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UPDATED: Body found floating near Old Town pier

Police looking at the body found in the water, near the unit block of Duke Street (via social media)

The body of what appears to be a woman was recovered from the Potomac River this morning in Old Town Alexandria.

The discovery was made just before 10:30 a.m. off Point Lumley Park near the Barca Pier, at the bottom of Duke Street. The woman was fully clothed and wearing shoes, video shared with ALXnow shows.

Police are trying to determine what happened to the person who died. Residents should expect “a heavy police response” in the area, APD says.

Updated at 7 p.m. — Alexandria police issued the following press release about the woman’s death.

The Alexandria Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating an undetermined death after a woman’s body was found in the Potomac River near Duke Street Saturday morning.

The initial call came from a citizen who was walking along the waterfront.

The call for service was received at approximately 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20th to the unit block of Duke Street. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a deceased female, who appeared to be in her 60s, floating near the pier at Point Lumley Park.

The decedent was removed from the water and will be examined by the Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death. The decedent’s name will not be released for 24 hours until after the next of kin has been notified.

No foul play is expected at this time.

We are asking anyone with information related to this incident to reach out to Detective B. Gill at 202.621.3287 or call the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703.746.4444. Tips can be anonymous.

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