State Police search Charles for missing Southborough man; don't find anything

UPDATED, 6:05 p.m.

State Police report troopers searched the Charles in the area of the dam and under the Zakim today as part of the search of Michael Kelleher, 23, of Southborough, but that they found nothing.

Kelleher, 23, was last seen at a Celtics game last Wednesday.

Divers and troopers in boats conducted the search, State Police say.

Troopers using side-scan sonar deployed from a State Police boat and MSP divers searched the area for several hours but did not locate any evidence connected to the young man’s disappearance. Troopers will resume their search later this week. We fervently hope that our search of the river will serve the purpose of ruling out that area, and that Mr. Kelleher will be located somewhere unharmed.

Rob O'Brien reports three State Police boats were in the water just past North Station around noon.

Rob O'Brien reports three State Police boats were in the water just past North Station around noon.

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    Maybe there can be a serious discussion

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    about how to prevent inebriated individuals from falling into the Charles behind North Station.

    I understand that it may not be possible to erect a fence, and that the platforms at North Station provide relatively easy access, but there could also be fencing put up on the railroad bridge, etc.

    Regardless of whether a solution is feasible, the city should at least convene a serious discussion about what can and cannot be done, because people keep on dying.

    fencing

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    … but there could also be fencing put up on the railroad bridge, etc.

    You mean like the fences shown here:

    https://goo.gl/maps/nBoBBxGZWpq

    "Etc" is not a useful public policy statement.

    What more do you propose be done to keep someone who's drunk and disoriented at night from harming themselves?

    What about rare incidents such as this: http://www.universalhub.com/2015/car-flies-charles-river-under-green-line

    Are you suggesting that the state failed to keep the errant driver safe?

    What more do you propose be

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    What more do you propose be done to keep someone who's drunk and disoriented at night from harming themselves?

    Public restrooms.

    Ha

    Boston would sooner erect a 10' brick wall around the harbor than provide a way for the public to relieve themselves easily.

    Wall

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    Build a wall around Faneuil Hall and make the yuppies pay for it.

    No, I mean like fencing on the actual bridge.

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    And I'm not a charlatan pretending to be an expert in public policy, such as yourself. I'm proposing that there be a discussion of possible ways to protect the safety of the public in a situation where it is clearly at risk. That's what civilized governments do.

    Some questions

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    Do you even know why that bridge is there?

    Do you know how it is already fenced?

    Do you know why it has a "hole" in it? (note - it doesn't have a hole in it)

    Do you have any clue what you are talking about?

    No, he doesn't know

    Do you even know why that bridge is there?
    Do you know how it is already fenced?
    Do you know why it has a "hole" in it? (note - it doesn't have a hole in it)

    No, he doesn't know. That's why he's calling for a discussion rather than claiming to have the answers.

    Why are you being such a dick?

    Except that this bridge is not intended to be used by

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    the general public (except for those people riding commuter trains). Further, it is far enough away from places accessible by the general public (yes, even the station platforms), that a person would have to make a series of deliberate decisions - even if they were in a drunken stupor or blackout - to reach that point.

    But by all means, let's spend even more of our limited resources making these PRIVATE properties as "drunk proof" as we can.

    Read twice, post once.

    What more do you propose be done to keep someone who's drunk and disoriented at night from harming themselves?

    I believe he proposed, quite specifically, that there be a serious conversation about what should be done. Those are the words of someone who knows that he doesn't have the answers, but believes that some level of thought, study, inquiry, etc. is in order.

    No

    People get drunk or tipsy and do stupid things. This has been happening since man learned how to ferment.

    If you feel strongly that society must do everything possible to protect those who are inebriated, the only solution is prohibition. (This was tried, incidentally.)

    I'd rather the police focus their resources on drink drivers where the drunks pose a risk to people beyond themselves.

    the last time this happened

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    the video showed the person falling through tge bottom of the bridge. Maybe start by fixing that?

    Can't be done

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    "falling through the bottom"

    You don't even know what you are talking about. That particular person climbed a fence to get someplace that he absolutely should not have been.

    Not only that, but that "hole" in the bridge was where the span opens.

    You need to get out more or, maybe, do your homework like Saul did.

    Not sure why you keep referring to a "hole"

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    when nobody else did. Anyway, this Saul, with his ability to do homework on a bridge, sound really amazing. Except he hasn't taught me anything that I didn't already know from walking past said bridge twice a day to and from work.

    Easy or not

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    Easy or not, if you consider "not easy" to be sufficient excuse for not looking out for your drunk pals, it certainly isn't any easier for the rest of the world to look out for them.

    Don't let "perfect"

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    ... be the enemy of "good".

    More people actively looking out for their buddies would improve this situation dramatically. Stick together - it won't always work, but all of these people vanished after they split off from their friends and groups. What works on the trail and at the swimming hole works at the watering hole, too.

    Could this be related

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    to the young man who disappeared near there last week? There are posters up in that area. Someone Kelleher I think?

    Updated the original post

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    To indicate that, yes, they were looking for the missing Southborough man and that no, they didn't find anything.

    In the meantime, I'm going to use my awesome editorial powers here and not allow anonymous comments trying to bring up that list of dead people that allegedly proves something sinister is going on in Boston, for several reasons.

    First, we don't know what's happened to Kelleher. Although he's been missing for almost a week now, that doesn't mean he's dead, so it's kind of premature to start linking him to other deaths.

    Second, the theory is a piece of crap. It assumes that young college men couldn't possibly get drunk and fall into a body of water all by themselves, whether accidentally (waterfronts can be pretty slippery) or on, um, self-purpose (depressed people sometimes do things the rest of us wouldn't). Whatever the cause of death, it assumes that there is something unusual about drunk young men falling into the water in a city that is literally surrounded by it, where many of the more popular drinking establishments are within a two-minute walk of the water.

    In some versions, it assumes a serial killer is out there, gleefully pushing them to their watery doom. The serial killer would have to be well past 100, because young men have been found in the Charles and Boston Harbor for decades now. This version also assumes a monumental incompetence among every single law-enforcement agency in the Boston area (or worse, that they are covering it up). Even Whitey Bulger, with the help of the FBI, was only able to avoid justice for so long.

    And the theory cherry picks the sample population. Young, white college men are possibly a minority of the men who are fished out of the harbor, the Charles or the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. But nobody (except for maybe their families) much gives a shit about the homeless men who literally roll into the Muddy River or Fort Point Channel or who trip on the rocks and drown in the Charles. But they don't fit the theory that something sinister is going on, so their cases are ignored.

    It's mind boggling how many

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    It's mind boggling how many educated people want to believe in the serial killer narrative.

    Don't be stupid, people.

    When you spew about the smiley-face killer, you sound really fucking stupid.

    Not to mention...

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    ...has there ever been any signs of foul play in any of these cases?

    (of course if you believe in a conspiracy, that's just another smoking gun...)

    I pray they will find him

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    I pray they will find him alive and well. There has to be something going on

    "And the theory cherry picks

    "And the theory cherry picks the sample population. Young, white college men are possibly a minority of the men who are fished out of the harbor, the Charles or the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. But nobody (except for maybe their families) much gives a shit about the homeless men who literally roll into the Muddy River or Fort Point Channel or who trip on the rocks and drown in the Charles. But they don't fit the theory that something sinister is going on, so their cases are ignored."

    THANK YOU. Both for the paragraph above and for applying sense to this nonsense.