Search and rescue crews on Saturday found the body of a man who drowned while fishing on the Missouri River at La Benite Park near Sugar Creek hours before, authorities said.
The man, identified by a relative at the scene as Joshua Reek, 22, was with a friend when Reek apparently was swept away about 7:15 a.m.
“He went out to swim a couple of times and then was pulled away by the current,” said Sidney McGinley, 18, who identified herself as Reek’s first cousin. “He was a great father, a great cousin, always laughing and always smiling.”
The Missouri Highway Patrol had rescue boats on the river during the day, assisted by the Sugar Creek fire and police departments. There was no official confirmation of the man’s identity.