Molly McNeil Dowd (submitted photo)
Molly McNeil Dowd (submitted photo)

DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The woman who died while tubing down the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts last weekend has been identified as Vermont resident.

Authorities say the woman who went missing while tubing with friends in Conway on Sunday and whose body was recovered downstream in Deerfield on Tuesday was 24-year-old Molly Dowd of Brattleboro, Vt.

The Northwestern district attorney's office says the state medical examiner confirmed the body's identity.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious.

Dowd was a 2007 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School and coordinator of the gardens at Green Street School and Holton Home.

Although using inner tubes to float down the Franklin County river is a popular summertime activity, Conway Fire Chief Robert Baker said the area where Dowd went missing is just downstream from a dam where there are strong currents and turbulent waters.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.


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