West Brookfield fisherman’s death not deemed suspicious by DA

📸 Kevin Dion’s home is about a 10 minute walk from the Quaboag River. He had gone fishing near the bridge on Long Hill Road on Saturday morning. Google Maps image.

WEST BROOKFIELD — The identity of a local man whose body was found in the Quaboag River on Saturday evening has been identified as Kevin A. Dion, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Dion, 54, was pulled from the Quaboag River near the bridge on Long Hill Road. The District Attorney’s Office said Dion, a resident of 72 Long Hill Road, had packed a lunch on Saturday morning and gone fishing in the river’s north bank near the bridge, a short distance from his home.

Friends began searching for Dion on Saturday afternoon because he was not answering his cell phone, said Early’s Office in a statement on Monday. Dion’s belongings were found aside his folding chair on the river bank.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., several people in a small boat spotted Dion’s body in the water. The West Brookfield Police Department closed Long Hill Road for nearly two hours as they retrieved the body and began their investigation into what they described in a tweet as a drowning.

The District Attorney’s Office said Dion’s death does not appear to be suspicious, however Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and West Brookfield Police continue to investigate the death.

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