Police said the body found in the Naugatuck River on Saturday appears to be that of a man who ran from police and jumped into the water Friday night.
Officers responded to South Main Street in Waterbury around 9 p.m. Friday, where a man was walking in the middle of the road, police said.
The man ran from the officer, fled down an embankment and jumped into the river in an apparent effort to get across, according to Waterbury police. The officer reportedly called to the man and asked him to get out of the water. Police said the current was strong.
Emergency responders from Waterbury and Naugatuck searched for the man Friday night and all day Saturday. Firefighters found a body that evening, and authorities believe it’s the man they were looking for, Waterbury police said.
The man has not been identified, but police said he appears to be in his 30s.