UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): A spokesman for the Maryland State Police said a body found in the Potomac River south of Alexandria Thursday is believed to be a person who committed suicide earlier this week.
Spokesman Greg Shipley said an individual jumped off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge earlier this week. Police found the person's car, but no body.
ORIGINAL STORY: Police have recovered a body from the Potomac River in the area east of Alexandria.
Cpl. Rodney Gause with the Prince George’s County Police Department said the body was pulled from the water at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. It was not immediately clear where the body was found, although an initial alert about the body mentioned the Alexandria area and Hog Island.
Hog Island is located just east of where Morningside Lane intersects with the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Gause said police have little information to release at this point in the investigation.
“The only thing we have is a body recovered,” he said. “We don’t have male or female or anything like that.”
Gause said he did not know how far offshore the body was found. Firefighters from the city of Alexandria helped out by providing personnel and fire boats, which are capable of performing water rescue functions, said Robert Rodriguez, Alexandria chief fire marshal.
“We assisted with them this morning,” Rodriguez said. “ I don’t have the exact extent of what they did.”
Check with Patch later today for updates as more information becomes available.