WASHINGTON - D.C. police are searching for the body of a man spotted in the water by a construction crew near Reagan National Airport Monday afternoon.
Police were seen searching a channel of water that comes from Roaches Run in the Potomac River.
Authorities believe the missing man was an elderly fisherman, possibly in his 80s, who may have had an accident on the water as his boat was found with the engine still running and lapping up against a bridge over the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Police said the construction crew spotted a man's body face down in the water and called police.
DC Police investigating a body found this afternoon in Roaches Run near Reagan National airport. Police believe elderly man put this fishing boat in the channel at Gravelly Point and somehow ended up in the water on the other side of the GW Parkway. No foul play suspected. pic.twitter.com/Fj0LWfkD5j— Paul Wagner (@Fox5Wagner) July 16, 2018
Arlington police received the call and then U.S. Park Police and D.C. police’s Harbor Patrol became involved. After securing the running boat, police have been looking for the man's body since then.
Update:Police say construction crew saw body of a man, believed to be a fisherman, face down in the water near National Airport. Officers use grappling hook and wave runner in effort to find him. pic.twitter.com/6EwyuGyUJY— Paul Wagner (@Fox5Wagner) July 16, 2018
DC Harbor Parol police officers use a wave runner and a grappling hook in search for fisherman who may have had a boating accident in the channel near Reagan National Airport. pic.twitter.com/1YQnqvLEYA— Paul Wagner (@Fox5Wagner) July 16, 2018
Due to inclement weather Monday afternoon, the search was suspended and will resume Tuesday morning.