Decapitated body and head found near Merrimack River in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, MA (WHDH) - A decapitated body was found near the Merrimack River in Lawrence Thursday afternoon.

Police said a woman walking her dog found the body near McCabe Court at around 2:45 p.m. The Essex County District Attorney said the body had been decapitated and police found the head nearby.

The DA said the body belongs to a man and that foul play is suspected. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to identify the body and determine a cause of death.

Police believe this is an isolated case and that the public is not in danger.

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