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Coroner: Man who drowned in river bragged to girlfriend about bridge-jumping

Officials have identified a man whose body was found in the Mississippi River on Wednesday.

Joseph Frazier, 40, of Granite City, has been identified as the man found in the river.

On Sept. 26, he and his girlfriend had been walking on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge when he climbed onto the bridge deck and jumped into the river about 5:50 p.m. The girlfriend, whose identity was not released by police, saw Frazier resurface and float down the river before he went under again.

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His body was found Wednesday afternoon at the shoreline of the Mississippi near the low-water dam at Granite City. The Madison County Coroner’s Office confirmed with an autopsy that he died by drowning, and also suffered fractures to his ribs. There was no sign of foul play.

According to police, Frazier had been talking to his girlfriend about how many times he had jumped off the bridge as a teenager, and intended to try it again. Family members said it was something he had done as a younger man, and that there was no threat of suicide.

The coroner’s office is conducting routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs. Funeral arrangements are pending with A.L. Beal Mortuary of St. Louis.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald