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Missing Lowell Man Pulled from Canal

August 12, 2018

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.

People watched from the Central Street bridge as authorities worked to pull the victim from the canal, while questions surrounded how the body ended up there.

“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.”

The DA’s office did not identify the victim, but an hour before the body was discovered, a missing-person posting was placed on Facebook by a family member of a young man named Craig Maxfield.

The posting was shared by many through the social-networking website who expressed concern about the man’s disappearance.

In the posting’s photo, it shows Maxfield, with a glowing smile -- an image typical of the Lowell resident, based on other pictures on his Facebook page.

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 need for time to grieve.

The missing-person posting on Facebook also stated Maxfield was last seen at the Blue Shamrock, a popular bar on Market Street, roughly a quarter mile from where the body was located on Saturday.

Follow Aaron Curtis on Twitter @aselahcurtis.

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