Police investigate body found on high voltage wires in Holyoke

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Staff Writer
Published: 1/19/2022 2:41:51 PM
Modified: 1/19/2022 2:40:49 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke police say that on Monday they found a man’s dead body hanging from high voltage wires near the Willimansett Bridge.

In an email Wednesday, Holyoke Police Department Capt. Matthew Moriarty said that officers responded to the electricity transfer station near the bridge at around 12:15 p.m. where there, they found the man unresponsive, approximately 25 feet in the air on the wires.

“The area is closed off by a high chain link fence with signs of ‘Danger, high voltage stay back,’” Moriarty wrote. “No other signs of trespass were located and it appears the male victim acted on his own.”

Moriarty said that the person was pronounced dead on the scene. He said that the body was recovered after Holyoke Gas & Electric shut off power to the area.

“I am unable to release a name until family has been contacted and confirmed,” Moriarty said.

The incident is still under investigation, with state police called in to assist, Moriarty said.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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