Body found in Connecticut River is second in five days; body found Friday was UMass student

  • Connecticut River FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Monday, June 07, 2021

HADLEY — A man missing from Sunderland since March has been identified as the man found by a kayaker in the Connecticut River May 26, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Geoffrey R. “Randy” Arthur, 67, was reported missing March 29, said spokeswoman Laurie Loisel.

A woman boating in the Connecticut River discovered his body floating in water off River Road around noon on May 26.

After the woman dialed 911, Hadley police and firefighters responded to the scene, as did officers from the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Arthur was the second person discovered in the river last month. Earlier, Wasique Hasan, 21, a University of Massachusetts student from Easthampton, reported missing Dec. 30, was identified after he was found near Rainbow Beach in Northampton.

Authorities have said the two cases are not believed to be connected.

Arthur’s cause of death remains under investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Hasan had been reported missing by his family on Dec. 30 and his name was then entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person.

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com.