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Marc Washington found in water near Hains Point after child porn investigation

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(WJLA) - The body pulled from the Potomac River Tuesday night near Hains Point is D.C. police officer Marc Washington, the department confirmed Wednesday morning.

Washington had been under investigation for producing child pornography and was transported to a nearby hospital Tuesday night in a Park Police helicopter, but D.C. police have since confirmed that he is dead.

ABC7 News has now learned that the death of 32-year-old Washington is not an open-and-shut case of suicide, despite initial appearances.

Multiple sources have confirmed that it was Marc Washington who called 911 last night, and that during the conversation, he stated: “They are following me. They are calling me names.”

Those words raised a critical red flag, and now police are trying to figure out exactly what happened. The department is officially calling it a “death investigation.”

Washington was facing a minimum of 15 years in jail, and prosecutors said that beyond the victim’s nude pictures, there were numerous other images of unidentified individuals that appeared on his camera – including two who appeared to be minors.

Last Friday, prosecutors argued against his release to house arrest based on the seriousness of the offense, the weight of the evidence, and the potential punishment.

However, Washington’s defense attorney pointed to his “exemplary military service,” and said he was awarded accolades as an officer and never had a single civilian complaint against him.

The Chief Judge sided with the defense, and placed him on house arrest with electronic monitoring.

Until confirming that Washington's body was the one found in the water Tuesday, police would say only that Washington was connected to the investigation. 

Police found the body in the water off Ohio Drive in Southwest D.C., where officers also discovered an unattended vehicle and clothing located nearby.

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