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Body found in Susquehanna ID'd as missing Harrisburg man - abc27 WHTM

Body found in Susquehanna ID'd as missing Harrisburg man

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Franklin McDonald (submitted) Franklin McDonald (submitted)
CONESTOGA, Pa. (WHTM) -

A body pulled from the Susquehanna River at the Safe Harbor Dam in Lancaster County earlier this month has been identified as that of a suburban Harrisburg man who went missing in February.

Manor Township police said the body was positively identified through dental records as that of 66-year-old Franklin McDonald.

His death has been ruled a suicide due to fresh water drowning, police said.

McDonald went missing in the early morning hours of February 26. Harrisburg police previously reported that his car was found in a parking lot in the 700 block of N. Front Street, but officers were unable to find McDonald during a search of Riverfront Park to the area below the Dock Street Dam.

The body was removed from the river May 2 by work crews who were clearing debris from the north side of the dam, but police and the Lancaster County Coroner's Office were unable to make a positive identification until now.

Police last week released a photograph of a green jacket found with the body. They said that photo was key to generating the leads which ultimately led to the identification.

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