In what has been become a gruesome ritual this month, another in a succession of bodies has been found in a District waterway, this one pulled Wednesday afternoon from the Potomac River near Georgetown and the Key Bridge.
D.C. police said there appeared to be no connection between any of the recent cases. Detectives are awaiting autopsy results in all four deaths, but authorities have said at least one death may have been a suicide and another an accident. Relatives of a man pulled from the Anacostia River suspect foul play.
A spokesman for the D.C. fire department said four bodies in 17 days is unusual, but comprehensive data for purposes of comparison were not readily available, given the number of police agencies that respond to such calls.
Still, such clusters do occur, officials said; three bodies were found in the Anacostia River near the 11th Street Bridge between July and October 2011, for example, and one was found there in 2012.