By Jim Smith

BEDFORD (CBS) – Some Boy Scouts cleaning up trash along the Concord River in Bedford found more than they were expecting.

While picking up litter near the Bedford Boat Ramp along route 225, the scouts saw something suspicious.

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Police arrived around 11:00 am and confirmed that the scouts had found a body.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno say the death is being treated as “suspicious.”

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The Bedford Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack involved in the clean-up said that the body was found during their annual clean-up project.

“Scouts from a local Bedford Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack participated in the annual Beautify Bedford cleanup day today. This annual event helps keep public and conservation areas clean,” the Scouts said. “During this event, a small group of youths along with adult volunteers encountered something that appeared suspicious and out of place. The group appropriately notified the local police department.”

The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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The identity and gender of the victim have not been released and the investigation is ongoing.