Rochester woman found dead in water near Commercial Street

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Firefighters are working to pull the body from the water Monday morning near Commercial Street. (Photo: RFD)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Rochester Fire Department team members pulled the body of a woman from the Genesee River Monday morning.

Firefighters initially reported the body being found around 9:30 a.m.

The woman's body was spotted near Commercial Street.

Police later identified her as 42-year-old Marie Lamere.

According to Rochester Police Captain David Smith, Lamere's body was found near an RG&E Rack House, which has grates to catch debris from the river. This is where Brown’s Race is diverted and then directed back to High Falls.

RG&E slowed the current down so teams could recover Lamere's body. Rochester Fire Department Public Information Officer Amon Hudson said if the water was slowed too much, they could have lost the body and it would have become a SCUBA operation. Fortunately, the water was slowed down just enough so the team did not have to go all the way into the river.

Firefighters went down a ladder, put the water harness around Lamere's body, then moved the body to a basket after the harness was in place.

Police said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. for a woman in distress by the river, but are unsure if it is Lamere.