Body found in Genesee River

Updated: 08/06/2014 6:23 PM
Created: 08/06/2014 12:35 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

Police say two fishermen found a body of a man in the Genesee River near Turning Point Park around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators still have not yet identified the victim. Friends and family of a man, who was last seen near the river Monday, fear the worst.

Jacob Baxter was hiking with some friends near the Lower Falls when he slipped and fell into the water. Family and friends say Baxter was a committed family man and someone who got along well with everyone.

Bill Berardi said, “He is the type of guy that you just connect with right away, no matter who you are. He builds those relationships fast and he was a great guy. I can't say that enough.”

Twenty seven-year-old Jacob Baxter went missing near the Lower Falls in the Genesee River two days ago. After searching the water, police got a tip Wednesday. 

Investigator Frank Camp, Rochester Police, said, “At approximately 9:38 this morning, we received a 911 call from two fishermen, who were south of Turning Point Park in the river fishing, who believed that they had found a body in the water.”

Police have not confirmed if the body does in fact belong to Baxter. The Rochester Fire Department and rescue crews were on scene all morning at Turning Point Park and pulled a man's body from the water.

Inv. Camp said, “The recovery had to be made by boat and then facilitated by piloting the boat to the sheriff's department marine unit.”

Family members say Baxter was hiking with some friends when he went missing on Monday. He and his wife have three young kids, ages four, two and six weeks old. Bill Berardi is a close friend. He says Baxter was active in his church and in the community. He loved playing sports and coached an adult softball league. 

Berardi said, “If it is him, it is closure because we at least can take the next step in healing. It's tragic. I’m still praying for a miracle that it's not him.”

News10NBC spoke with Baxter's wife, as well as one of the guys with him the day he went missing. They are both hoping that the body found today isn't Jacob’s. Right now, the medical examiner's office is working to confirm the identity. 

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