The dead body of a woman found in a popular public pool in Massachusetts Tuesday may have been floating there for at least two days, police said.
The remains of Marie Joseph, who was last seen going down a slide at the pool Sunday, were recovered around 10 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Swimming Pool in Lafayette Park after several teens spotted the body floating.
Authorities have not determined how long the corpse was in the water. It is also unclear how the many people failed to notice it.
"We're not certain about anything other than the fact that we have a death and that this person was at the pool," Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said, according to The Boston Globe. "Everything beyond that is absolutely under investigation."
The 36-year-old was never reported missing, but had not been seen since going to the pool Sunday. She was asked to watch her neighbor's 9-year-old son, who is believed to be the last person to see her alive, police said.
The boy told lifeguards he had gone down a slide into the water, then was struck moments later by Joseph, who apparently went down the slide right after him, authorities said at a press conference Tuesday. He saw her go underwater, but she never resurfaced.
The pool is about 12-feet deep around the slide, the Herald News reported.
Officials are trying to determine why no effort appeared to have been made to find the Fall River woman.
"Exactly who the boy spoke to and what that person did and what happened next, this is the beginning stages of the investigation," Sutter said.
The district attorney noted, however, that "there doesn't appear to be anything suspicious about this as of right now."
All 30 of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation deep-water pools will be closed for 24 to 48 hours while safety procedures are review.