Firefighters pull a man’s body from the Rock River on Monday afternoon near the Centerway Dam in Janesville.


Daniel L. Eccles, 68, of Janesville, was the man whose body was recovered from the Rock River on Monday, according to a news release from the Rock County medical examiner received Tuesday night.

Earlier Tuesday, police believed the body was that of a homeless man. Police declined comment after the identity was released, and the medical examiner could not be reached to verify the man’s residence.

Janesville Police Department Detective Chris Buescher said all such deaths are treated as homicides to make sure no evidence is overlooked, but so far, police have found no evidence of foul play. The release from the medical examiner also said foul play seems unlikely.

“We just cross our fingers that it’s not something other than a terrible accident,” Buescher said early Tuesday.

The man was known to police and to homeless men who spend their time in a wooded area near a railroad trestle a short distance upstream from where the body was found, Buescher said.

The body was found along a line of buoys south of the Centerway bridge. The buoys catch debris headed for the hydroelectric plant on the west side of the Centerway Dam.

Police have combed shoreline areas for clues but found nothing significant, Buescher said.

Police are examining video recordings from the area, trying to pinpoint the last time the man was seen alive.

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