Massachusetts State Police

Body Found in Charles Is Missing Southboro, Massachusetts, Man

It is now confirmed by the family that the body pulled from the Charles River in Boston on Sunday morning is that of their son, missing 23-year-old Michael Kelleher of Southboro, Massachusetts.

A statement from the Kelleher family said that "it is with great sadness that we have to share with you that our son Michael Kelleher has passed. Sadly, Michael was claimed by the Charles River the night of his disappearance. At 8:00 this morning, the river gave him back to us."

The body was spotted Sunday morning in the eastern end of the river, according to state police. It was recovered by the Massachusetts State Police Marine Unit and transported to the Marine Unit Base. State police confirmed Monday that it was Kelleher's body.

Kelleher was first reported missing after he failed to meet a coworker after attending a Celtics game at TD Garden on March 29.

His family said that he had gotten drunk during the game.

Neither the family nor police suspect foul play but, rather, that Kelleher fell into the river.

The family's statement asked for privacy "at this extremely difficult time," but thanked all of those who reached out and tried to help during the time their son was missing.

At this time, both detectives and Crime Scene Services troopers are investigating. The medical examiner's office is working to determine exact cause and manner of death.

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