HAVERHILL — The Essex district attorney's office has identified the woman whose body was found in Little River on Friday morning as Jennifer Succo, 38, of Hampton, New Hampshire.
When asked if Succo's death may have been the result of an accident or suicide, Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, said those things "have not been determined" and that "no foul play is suspected."
News of a woman's body being recovered from Little River rippled through nearby business establishments.
At Ruth's House, which is located a few hundred feet from where the body was found, referral coordinator Candy Lane had just arrived at work when she noticed police and fire trucks parked near the bridge spanning the river.
"It's very sad and upsetting," Lane said, thinking the woman might have once shopped at Ruth's House, a nonprofit thrift shop that provides clothing and furniture to families in need. "At first I thought it had to do with Thursday night's shooting."
The Thursday shooting that occurred in the Mount Washington neighborhood claimed the life of a 20-year-old man who was identified Friday as Nike Colon, 20, of Haverhill.
Colon, who was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle at the corner of Washington and Shepherd streets, was shot by a person in a passing vehicle, according to a statement from Kimball Monahan.
Police said that on Friday around 8:05 a.m., a passer-by notified them of a body in the river below the dam where the river crosses under Winter Street, just outside of Lafayette Square.
Haverhill police Capt. Stephen Doherty said firefighters scrambled down an embankment to retrieve the body, which they believe to be that of a woman.
Police said there is no way to know how long the body found in the river had been there.
The state medical examiner took the body from the scene late Friday morning. An autopsy was expected to be performed.
State police detectives are helping local police in the investigation.
"It's a very scary thing," said Pete Baznet, a clerk at Sam's Food Store, an establishment that is located close to where the body was found. "People have been coming into the store, talking about it."
Across the intersection at K.C. Carpets, owner Shaun Toohey, a former Haverhill School Committee member, said he was shocked by the discovery of a body in the Little River, which is close to his business. He called it "upsetting."