LOWELL -- A solitary candle glowed along the edge of the Canal Way footbridge late Saturday afternoon, sitting near the spot where crews worked to pull a body from the Pawtucket Canal hours earlier.
State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office responded to the area of Kearney Square and Prescott Street at around 12:30 p.m. after receiving word of the body’s discovery.
Roughly an hour before the tragic finding, the family of a Lowell resident, Craig Maxfield, revealed in a Facebook post that the young man had been missing. Maxfield had been last seen at the Blue Shamrock on Market Street, roughly a quarter mile from where the body was discovered, according to the post.
The missing-person posting was shared by many through the social-networking website who expressed concern about the man’s disappearance. The posting’s photo shows Maxfield with a glowing smile -- an image typical of the Lowell man, based on other pictures on his Facebook page.
The post revealing Maxfield’s disappearance has since been removed from the Facebook page.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office did not confirm the man pulled from the water was Maxfield.
“This has been referred to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who will determine the cause and manner of death,” the District Attorney’s Office stated in a press release. “As there is no suspicion of foul play no further information will be released from this office.”
However, at a home owned by a Maxfield in Lowell’s Belvidere neighborhood, family gathered Saturday evening. Cars lined the driveway and filled the cul-de-sac outside.
A distraught man, who answered the door, denied comment, expressing the family’s need for time to grieve.
Questions remain how Maxfield ended up in the water.
People gathered at the Central Street bridge to watch emergency crews work to pull the victim from the canal, according to a man standing downtown on Saturday afternoon. A portion of Central Street, along with Prescott Street, was closed to traffic as crews worked, the man said.
Middlesex Community College’s flagship building, at 33 Kearney Square, overlooks the canal where Maxfield was found. The area is surrounded by foot paths along the Pawtucket Canal, which branches off to the Eastern Canal and the Concord River.
According to his Facebook page, Maxfield studied finance at Merrimack College. Based on past articles from The Sun, Maxfield is also a graduate of Lowell Catholic High School, where he played for the school’s baseball team.
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