The story behind river floaters

6/22/2008:

Two weeks ago, a dead man was found floating in the Hudson River in an apparent successful murder/suicide.

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Before the nature of this situation was determined, Hoboken411 reader Rob Harari (of HarariVille Studios) told me it reminded him of a great commentary from Verne G. Williams a few years back. Williams can be heard talking about the “floaters” in the Hudson River, and why they seemed to pop up more often in the warm weather.

Find out why when you listen to the four-minute passage below. Perfect Sunday morning story!

Listen to more Verne Williams commentary here.

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7 Comments on "The story behind river floaters"


Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”89255″][quote comment=”89247″]On Law & Order Criminal Intent last night they said that if you cut the belly open and dump the body it won’t float (they didn’t say for how long).[/quote]
Good tip. I hear copius amounts of cement works too! ;)[/quote]
I’ve heard that too. . .but you have to worry about breakaway piece and such. So better encase them in cement and drop it in. . . man that would be heavy. :mrgreen:

a_siren
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8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”89247″]On Law & Order Criminal Intent last night they said that if you cut the belly open and dump the body it won’t float (they didn’t say for how long).[/quote]
Good tip. I hear copius amounts of cement works too! 😉

Katie_Scarlett
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8 years 3 months ago

On Law & Order Criminal Intent last night they said that if you cut the belly open and dump the body it won’t float (they didn’t say for how long).

sunflowerlax
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sunflowerlax
8 years 3 months ago

unfortunately a friend of mine was in an accident where his car went into a river, his body was found 5 weeks later in late april and as previous posters mentioned the police indicated it was due to the water warming and the bacteria that appear cause bloating…

elvisroberts
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8 years 3 months ago

basically when the water is cold it preserves the body, but as the water warms the body starts to decompose and inside gases start to expand. last winter i saw water temperatures around 40-42 in january, but then it got cold late in the winter and i saw water temperatures right around 32-34 for a while. (the salty water here means taht the river freezes around 29 or 40 rather than 32… The gases expanding inside the body make floaters generally swollen-looking. and i think “floaters week” is generally in april, when the bodies from the last 3-6 months float up, filled with gas like balloons…

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