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032414-body-foundRemains found near Fresh Pond in Cambridge have been tentatively identified as John J. Rosenberger, of Arlington, missing since December. A positive identification is still to be made.

Cambridge Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office contacted Arlington police investigators on Sunday about the human remains found in Cambridge near the golf course by Fresh Pond Reservoir, Arlington Chief Fred Ryan said. Items recovered at the scene led investigators to believe that the deceased is Rosenberger, but a positive identification is pending from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Rosenberger often attended readings and presentations at the Harvard Book Store and Cambridge Public Library, as well as at the Boston Public Library.

“This is a sad conclusion to Mr. Rosenberger’s disappearance, and our sincere condolences go out to the Rosenberger family,” Ryan said in a press release.

The circumstances leading up to the death are under investigation.

Police said Monday that Rosenberger, 61, had been missing since Dec. 11, last seen wearing a blue coat with a Foxwoods logo, a ski cap, a backpack and using a walking stick. He was described as being 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. He has blue eyes and gray hair.

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