Saturday, July 20, 2013

Easton Man Found Dead in Lehigh River

An Easton man was found dead in the Lehigh River this morning, and authorities are investigating how he died, according to the Northampton County Coroner's office.

The body of Joshua Pereira, 25, was found floating in the water by a fisherman and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene along Larry Holmes Drive at 7:38 a.m., said Northampton County Chief Deputy Coroner Kelly Gillis.

The man's family has been notified of his death, she said.

At this point, the manner of Pereira's death is unclear, she said, adding that an autopsy is pending and the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the man's passing is ongoing.

"It will be a few weeks before we know all the particulars of how he died," Gillis said.

According to various online sources, Pereira was a West Ward Easton resident who lived on the 800 block of Ferry Street and was the father of two young children.

Updated at 4:39 p.m. to add background information.

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