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Lowell Police seek public’s help as identity of man found dead in canal remains a mystery

Black and silver cross pendant presented as possible clue

A black and silver pendant found on the body of an unidentified man in the Northern Canal in Lowell earlier this month. Police are hoping the pendant will help someone identify who the man may have been. Photo courtesy Lowell Police
A black and silver pendant found on the body of an unidentified man in the Northern Canal in Lowell earlier this month. Police are hoping the pendant will help someone identify who the man may have been. Photo courtesy Lowell Police
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LOWELL — Scouring local missing persons reports and other clues has so far left police with no answers about the identity of a man whose body was found in Lowell’s Northern Canal over a week ago, and investigators are now hoping the public and a black and silver cross pendant worn by the man might help.

Lowell Police, who are investigating the man’s discovery with State Police detectives attached to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, asked the public for help with the case Wednesday afternoon, releasing a photo of the pendant along with a description of the man, a white male who was 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall about 250 pounds or more. The only other identifying features released about the man is that he had dentures, and is believed to have been in the water for over a month.

The identity of the man, and how he ended up dead in the canal, have been under investigation since April 21, when a passerby called police about 1 p.m., after spotting what appeared to be a body in the canal in the area of 145 Pawtucket St. Lowell firefighters helped police remove the body from the water.

  • A black and silver pendant found on the body of an unidentified man in the Northern Canal in Lowell earlier this month. Police are hoping the pendant will help someone identify who the man may have been. Photo courtesy Lowell Police

  • Members of the Lowell Fire Department work to remove a body discovered in the Northern Canal on Wednesday afternoon. The male body was not immediately identified. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBB ARMSTRONG

  • An investigation into how a body ended up in the Northern Canal in Lowell is ongoing. The body was recovered by the Lowell Fire Department after a passerby spotted it in the water on Wednesday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBB ARMSTRONG

  • Members of the Lowell Fire Department work to remove a male body from the Northern Canal in the area of 145 Pawtucket St. on Wednesday afternoon. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBB ARMSTRONG

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Police Capt. Mark LeBlanc said detectives automatically check missing person reports in Lowell and surrounding towns in such cases, but that they have so far found no leads as to who the man might be. He said police have also canvassed the city speaking to the homeless population and others in search of clues about who the man might be.

LeBlanc said investigators believe they’ve identified the origin of the pendant and are working with the manufacturer to possibly identify the buyer. It remains unclear whether that will be possible, though, so police are hoping someone locally recognizes the pendant.