SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A body found Thursday afternoon in a sewer below downtown Syracuse has been identified as 28-year-old Brandon Closure.
A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Miner said the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office had positively identified the body as Closure using fingerprints.
On Tuesday Closure was helping a woman push her car out of waist-deep water on East Fayette Street, outside the Parkside apartment complex, when he tumbled into an open manhole. Despite efforts to save him, Closure was swept away.
The manhole cover popped off because of pressure caused by storm water during the heavy rains. An inch and a half of rain fell in about 30 minutes Tuesday as a storm pounded Syracuse and Onondaga County.
City and county workers had searched the sewers in an effort to find Closure.
Around 2 p.m. Thursday two workers walking a section of large storm sewer below Erie Boulevard West in front of the Nation Grid building discovered Closure's body. His body was removed from the sewer more than two miles from where he fell into the system.
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