Body pulled from Mississippi River in Ste. Genevieve County

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STE. GENEVIEVE COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Investigators with the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office are working to identify the body of a man pulled from the Mississippi River with a gunshot wound.

According to the sheriff’s office, a tugboat captain spotted the body on the afternoon of December 3 while tending to a fleet of barges in the north end of the county. The captain contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, who then informed the sheriff’s office.

The tugboat and barge captains moved the barge fleet for responders from the sheriff’s office in an attempt to locate the body. The search was called off after three hours.

Later that evening, the U.S. Coast Guard again reached out to the sheriff’s office to say the body had been spotted some 15 miles south of the original barge fleet. However, because of the river conditions and early sunset, the sheriff’s office waited until the next morning to take to the water.

Deputies asked a tugboat captain to move the barge fleet to help with the search. The body was recovered after a few hours and transferred to the Ste. Genevieve County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

The coroner identified the body as a Caucasian man, approximately 5’10” tall and between the ages of 20 and 40. The person is thought to have been dead for at least a month.

Anyone with possible information on the identity of this individual is asked to contact the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office at 573-883-5820.