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Body of missing Brighton, Pa. man found in Monongahela River

A 36-year-old man from Beaver County, Pa., was found dead Tuesday afternoon, after a three-day search ended with local law enforcement discovering his truck in the Monongahela River.

Brian Posch, of Brighton Township, was initially reported missing when he failed to show up for work on Friday morning. Cellphone data led police to determine his last known location to be in the town of Elizabeth, near the waterway, reported CBS News Pittsburgh.

An extensive search followed, including dive teams and at least four boats on the river.

On Monday, divers located a large mass of metal in the river but were unable to remove it due to unsafe weather conditions. The truck was removed the following day, at which point crews found Posch’s remains inside.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to carry out an autopsy on Wednesday to determine his exact cause of death.

It’s not yet clear how the 36-year-old ended up in the river but police say foul play is not suspected.

“We do not have evidence of foul play at this time, however, with all investigations, things could change at a moment’s notice,” said Elizabeth Police Chief Ken Honick.

A full investigation is being carried out by the Elizabeth Township Police Department, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner and the Allegheny County Police Department’s Homicide Unit.

Posch is survived by his wife and their young daughter.


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