The body of one person was found near a restaurant in the waters of Narragansett Bay near Bristol, Rhode Island on Thursday, police said.
Police and forensic staff are working to determine if the body is that of a woman who fell from a ferry in the bay this week.
The body was found in the water behind the Lobster Pot restaurant and recovered by a fire boat, Bristol police said. Officers have contacted Portsmouth Police and the state medical examiner’s office to see if the body – the gender of which was not immediately identified – is that of the woman.
Portsmouth Police had not received an update on the identification of the body as of Thursday evening.
The two cities are opposite each other.
The search for the woman who fell from the ferry was suspended on Tuesday, after coastguard crews spent 10 hours scanning 39 square nautical miles without finding her, officials said.
The woman fell from the Prudence Island ferry around 6:30 p.m., the Bristol Fire Chief told NBC affiliate WJAR. It was not known how the woman fell overboard and if she was wearing a life jacket.
The ferry connects Bristol to Prudence Island.
The water temperature at the Conimicut Lighthouse, inside the bay, was about 48 degrees Monday night, according to a NOAA reading.