Police: Pa. man may have drowned trying to get gun

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 9:29 AM
Police: Pa. man may have drowned trying to get gun

Police in Massachusetts say a Pennsylvania man with rope, a pulley, a flashlight attached to a headband and glow sticks may have drowned in a river while trying to retrieve a gun.

Haverhill (HAY'-vruhl) police say divers found a Glock semiautomatic pistol Wednesday in the Merrimack River. It was near the spot where the body of 30-year-old Matthew Bleistein of Lancaster, Pa., was found suspended by a rope around his waist on Saturday.

Investigators think Bleistein used with the rope and pulley to hoist himself over a wall.

Police tell The Eagle-Tribune ( http://bit.ly/oKkmVn) they think he may have dropped the gun in the river at some point and later tried to retrieve it.

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Bleistein was in Haverhill to visit his grandmother.

The death remains under investigation.


Information from: Eagle Tribune, http://www.eagletribune.com