Body in Allegheny River ID’d as man swept away


PITTSBURGH (AP) – A body found in the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh’s 40th Street Bridge has been identified as that of a man swept away by fast-moving currents near a boat dock days before.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office say the body found in the water Monday is that of 74-year-old James Tulenko, of Irwin.

He was seen going under the water about 3:50 p.m. Friday near the Fox Chapel Yacht Club. Tulenko was wading in chest-deep water when he appeared to lose his footing and was swept away.

Emergency crews responded to two reports of a body floating in the river Sunday, but both turned out to be debris.

The medical examiner’s office used dental records to confirm the identity of the body.

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