Massachusetts: Dead Woman Unnoticed

By KATIE ZEZIMA
Published: June 30, 2011

State officials are investigating how a woman apparently died at a Fall River pool on Sunday and went unnoticed until Tuesday night. The body of Marie Joseph, 36, of Fall River, was discovered Tuesday around 10 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Pool in Fall River. The authorities said Ms. Joseph went down a slide Sunday immediately after a 9-year-old boy and collided with him. The mayor of Fall River, William Flanagan, said city inspectors visited the pool, which was open to the public and had several lifeguards on duty, Monday and Tuesday, only to report that the water was “cloudy.” Pool staff was suspended and state officials closed 24 pools while reviewing safety procedures and training.

A version of this brief appeared in print on July 1, 2011, on page A13 of the New York edition with the headline: Massachusetts: Dead Woman Unnoticed.

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