Police identify man found dead in Watertown well

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WATERTOWN – Police say an untimely death on French Street this week appears to be a tragic accident.

The body of James McAdam, 58, was found in a well, and his elderly mother was found injured in the property’s house Thursday morning.

Police said it appears the McAdam, who lived with his 80-year-old mother on French Street, was working on the pump inside of the well and got stuck. They say he was likely stuck in there for a day or two before anyone discovered him.

"It's about a 3-foot opening, and it's probably 20 feet down to water. He was stuck at the top," explained Det. Mark Conway, of the Watertown Police Department.

Police said his elderly mother fell down inside the house on Wednesday, and she was not able to get up. She was unaware her son was stuck, and her fall was a separate incident.

The man’s brother tells Fox CT he noticed he had not heard from either of them in “a couple of days." He says he discovered his mother on the floor first and then went outside to find his brother’s body in the well, at which point he called 911.

The Watertown Fire Department extricated the man's body from the well. Watertown Police Detectives and staff from the Medical Examiner's Office processed the scene and are investigating, though they say the incident wasn't suspicious and the investigation is not criminal in nature.

The mother is recovering at the hospital, according to her son.

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