NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — New Milford police have identified the two men whose bodies were recovered in the Housatonic River over the weekend after a search that began last Wednesday.
Police say that dive teams were able to recover the two drowning victims on Friday and Saturday from the incident that happened on June 10.
The victims have been identified as 21-year-old Alexander Osoria-Paredes and 24-year-old Luis Hernandez-Cuello, both of Bronx, New York.
According to police, the victims were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further investigation but the circumstances around the case are not suspicious.
State police had been searching an area near Route 7 in the Gaylordsville section of New Milford since last week.
The families were there visiting from the Bronx, New York. They were having a picnic Wednesday afternoon when Hernandez-Cuello went in the water and seemed to be struggling. That’s when Osoria-Paredes went in after him and neither came back out.
“A couple guy came into the store. They told me two people were missing,” said Valvir Khira.
Valvir Khira has owned a local corner store in the area for four years.
“Summertime usually people come from the city,” said Khira.
While it’s normal to see people from New York visit the Housatonic River, he says last night was much different.
He found out about the two missing men Wednesday night. He tells News 8 that police cars and rescue crews responded at around 5 p.m. and stayed in the area well into the night.
“We left from here around 8:30 so still people was looking, police car was here,” said Khira.
Search and rescue crews searched the waters near the public recreation area until midnight. That Thursday morning they moved their search upstream. Newtown Search and Rescue brought their crew to help.
Along Route 7, across the street at the gated area, search and rescue crews had set up. They were about a mile off from the river so they had to use ATVs to get their crews and equipment down to continue the search.