By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police found two bodies in the East River within the 13th Precinct on Thursday night and Friday morning.
Paul Bauer, a 50-year-old homeless man, was found last night in the East River near East 14th Street after a 911 call alerted police to a man in the water at 11:52 p.m. The NYPD Harbor Unit responded to the scene and EMS pronounced the man DOA.
Another man of an unknown age was pulled out of the East River at East 23rd Street on Friday morning after police received a 911 call at 6:52 a.m. EMS pronounced the unidentified man dead at 7:02 a.m.
Police said that both bodies were decomposing and had likely been in the river for a while and the incidents are not considered connected. The Medical Examiner has not yet determined the causes of death and the investigation is ongoing.
Late on Friday, police said they were looking for someone in connection with the 23rd Street case.
The unidentified male is dark skinned and was wearing a polo shirt with dark and light stripes, Levis blue jeans, black warm-up jacket and black Nike sneakers. He also had a close cut beard with no mustache.
Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
Note: This post was updated to reflect that a second body has been recovered and that police are looking for someone.