Body identified as man who fell into manhole during flooding

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Posted: Jul 03, 2015 7:28 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A body found in Syracuse's underground sewer system has been identified as that of a man who disappeared after falling into an open manhole while trying to help a motorist stranded on a flooded street.

City officials say the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office used fingerprints to positively identify the body as 28-year-old Brandon Closure of Syracuse.

Two county workers searching the sewer system for his body found it Thursday afternoon in the downtown area about two miles from where Closure disappeared Tuesday night.

Authorities say he fell into a manhole while trying to help push a woman's car that was stranded in waist-high water from flash-flooding caused by heavy rains.

City officials say the manhole cover had popped off because of pressure caused by fast-rising storm water.