Murky water hid dead body in Mass. pool for 2 days

Posted July 01, 2011, at 9:22 p.m.

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A preliminary investigation shows “cloudy” water in a Massachusetts public swimming pool concealed a woman’s body for two days while people swam there after she drowned.

The Bristol County district attorney’s office said Friday the body of Marie Joseph was submerged at the bottom of the 12-foot-deep end of the pool from Sunday afternoon until Tuesday evening.

Joseph was a hotel housekeeper in Newport, R.I. She was from Haiti.

The medical examiner’s office has determined the manner of her death to be accidental and the cause to be asphyxiation by drowning.

The probe shows the water in the Fall River pool was murky from the time the pool opened for the season last Saturday. Visibility tests revealed a diver couldn’t be seen at a depth of 3 1/2 to 4 feet below the surface of the water.