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Investigation underway after body recovered from Mississippi River

A truck brings in lights Sunday as crews investigate the report of a body in the Mississippi River in LaGrange. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said that one body was recovered from the river and that the investigation continues. | H-W Photo/Ethan Colbert
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 10, 2020 9:20 am

LAGRANGE, Mo. -- An investigation is underway in LaGrange after search and rescue teams recovered a body from the Mississippi River about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who lead the search effort, did not disclose any other information about the deceased. An autopsy might be performed, but Sgt. Joe Davidson that would be a decision made in conjunction with the Lewis County coroner.

"We will do the investigation and see where the investigation takes us," Davidson said, who wouldn't comment on whether foul play was suspected.

"It is too early in the investigation to make those kind of determinations," he said.

The remains were taken to an area funeral home overnight, said MSHP public information officer Sgt. Eric Brown.

The search effort began Sunday evening when a 911 call was made about a body being in the river near LaGrange. Search and rescue teams were dispatched at 6:23 p.m., and boats from multiple law enforcement agencies and volunteers were quickly launched.

"We had several law enforcement agencies and fire departments assisting in the search effort. In a small community it is very helpful when people can work together and get things accomplished," said Davidson who added that conditions on the river were "fairly calm" during the search effort.

"(Conditions) were not actually too bad this evening. The water seemed fairly calm and there were not a whole lot of problems as far as it goes on the river," Davidson said. Officials say it is unknown if investigators would continues searching Monday.

Brown said there were conflicting reports about a second person being in the water, though crews had no indication anyone else was in the water.

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