The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced Tuesday that they recovered three bodies from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers over the past 24 hours, following an extensive search for three missing people.
The three bodies have not been identified yet. However, rescue crews had been looking for three men who reportedly fell off a boat in the Potomac River over the weekend.
The first body was found by MPD’s Harbor Patrol Unit Monday afternoon near the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling shoreline.
The second body was recovered in the Potomac River near the Alexandria waterfront early Tuesday morning and the third one on the same day in the Anacostia River.
Last night and today, MPD’s Harbor Patrol Unit recovered three bodies from the waters surrounding the Washington, DC area. We are working to identify these persons in order alert their families & loved ones. Additional information will be provided when available.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 4, 2020
The discovery came after hours-long search and rescue efforts to find three men who went missing on Sunday evening after falling into the Potomac River while they were boating near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
The men did not resurface after they fell, according to the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department.
Following an extensive water, land and air search for over two hours, DC Fire and EMS announced Monday evening that they started treating the incident as a recovery operation.
The missing men had been identified as Mustafa Haidar, 26, Ahmad “Johnny” Noory, 28, and Omid Rabani, 23.
It is not clear yet if the three male bodies belong to the men who went missing in the Potomac River last weekend.