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Miami River: The River of Death?

Watch out for floating bodies.
Watch out for floating bodies.
Watch out for floating bodies.

It wasn't all that long ago that we were slapping each other on the back and toasting an entire month without a murder in Miami.

Well, it looks like its high time to welcome everyone back to the Magic City we all know and love, a place where two bodies mysteriously wash up on the banks of the Miami River in two days.

The body of 16-year-old James Phillips Jr. was found floating in the river -- fully clothed, with no signs of trauma -- around 9:30 a.m. yesterday, police spokesman Kenia Alfonso said in a release to Riptide.

Around 8:45 a.m. this morning, police found the body of another unidentified man in his early 20s bobbing in the water -- also fully clothed, also showing no signs of a struggle. Both men had been in the water for two or three days, Alfonso said.

Police aren't sure what connection, if any, there is between the two corpses.

-- Tim Elfrink


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