Body of man found in Mississippi River

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Authorities are trying to solve a mystery on the Mississippi River. There are more questions than answers after a body was found floating in the river. Firefighters were nearby when it was discovered. Captain Gregg Favre of the St. Louis Fire Department said, "Over the marine radio channel they heard some chatter from the safety boat that goes up and down the river as well as a tugboat of a report of a body in the river."

Captain Favre said firefighters were training with a new vessel in the river when they got the word a body had been discovered near the Eads Bridge, within minutes it floated a mile south and was recovered. Favre said, "The Mississippi is an especially dangerous body of water it's especially deep it has terrific under currents it has a lot of debris that floats downstream."

At last report there seemed to be little idea as to the identity of the male body. Favre added, "We have had no reports of anyone who has jumped recently, we haven't been out the last week for anyone who has been reported in the water or anybody spotted in the water or anything like that, at this time we don't know where the individual came from."

Because of the amount of decomposition it appears the body of the white male has been in the river at least 5 to seven days. Police are investigating.

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