Body recovered from the Big River at Rockford Beach in Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department reports that the body recovered from the Big River on Saturday morning is believed to be that of Michael Lewis, the missing 25-year-old man from Granite City.

They say they will not have an official ID until the Medical Examiner’s report is completed. No foul play is suspected in this case.

Lewis was reported missing on Thursday night. He was last seen near Rockford Beach.

The High Ridge Fire District was called in to search the Big River for Lewis but the search had ended without any signs of him.

On Saturday morning, the High Ridge Fire District was on the scene at Rockford Beach assisting the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department with the recovery of a body from the Big River.

The High Ridge Fire District is one of several area fire departments seeing an increase in water rescue calls this year.  The department is calling on swimmers to turn to swimming pools instead of natural bodies of water. 

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