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Police trying to ID body floating in Mississippi River

Officials are trying to determine the identity of a man found floating in the Mississippi River near Ste. Genevieve on Saturday afternoon.

The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office said it had found a body in the river on Saturday afternoon. An autopsy performed Monday showed that the man appears to have died from a gunshot wound. Police said the man is a 5-foot-10 while male between 20 and 40 years old. Police believe the man has been dead for at least a month.

Police said the body had been seen floating in the river several times before it was recovered. The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office searched for the body for three hours on Friday after it was first sighted by a tugboat captain. The body was seen again late Friday about 15 miles south of the first sighting. The search for the body resumed at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

“If it would not have been for the diligence of the captain and crews of the barge fleets, bodies like this would not be recovered,” Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff Gary Stolzer said in a news release.

Police said they do not know where the body entered the river, saying it could it have “come from many miles above or below us due to barge traffic and current.”

Anyone with information about the man’s identity should call the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office at 573-883-5820.