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Decomposed body pulled from Chattahoochee River on Atlanta's westside

Officials said they were having trouble accessing where the body is presently located.

ATLANTA — Fire and police investigators were responding to northwest Atlanta after reports of a body being found in the Chattahoochee River late Tuesday evening.

According to officials, the body was found in the river near Donald L. Hollowell, about 400 yards upstream from the bridge, and on the Atlanta side of the river. Officials said it was just east of the Atlanta Public Safety Annex.

Fishermen who were out on the river discovered the body and contacted authorities.

Crews from the Atlanta Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue and the Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Unit were on scene, on both sides of the river trying to remove the body.

11Alive photojournalist Pete Smith learned that crews were having difficulty accessing the body in order to remove it from the river due to its exact location.

Right now, officials believe it was an adult male that was taken from the river but were unable to tell the age or the race. The body was decomposing but rescuers could not tell how long it had been in the river.

The investigation continues while officials wait for the autopsy report.

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