JANESVILLE

Firefighters pulled a man’s body from the Rock River on Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Aaron Ellis of the Janesville Police Department said the body had been in the river “not long.”

Police and firefighters gathered at 2:14 p.m. at the west end of the Centerway bridge after a passerby reported the body in the murky water.

Rescue workers immediately wrapped the body in an orange tarp as they removed it from the river.

Police issued a press release at 4:32 p.m., saying the man was 65 or older and that his identity is known.

The county medical examiner’s department will release the name later, according to the release.

The department typically does not release a name until after an autopsy. The autopsy is scheduled for today.

The release said there were no immediate reports of missing or endangered people in the area.

Retrieving the body took about an hour. The Centerway bridge was closed, then reopened at 3:10 p.m.

An onlooker told a Gazette reporter on the scene that he saw something in the river at about 10 a.m. Monday.

“It was scary looking. I wasn’t sure. It looked like a face, a human face, but I wasn’t positive, so I didn’t call,” said Roman Makiola, who said his vision isn’t good.

The body was close to the hydroelectric generating plant just south of the bridge.

Scott Purlee, regional manager for Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, said the company was called, and workers shut off the turbines, making it easier for firefighters in the rescue boat.

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