Jackson County Medical Examiner seeks to ID body pulled from river Saturday

05/04/2014 10:57 AM

05/04/2014 11:20 AM

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify a body pulled Saturday from the Missouri River near the Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers retrieved the body about 10 a.m. The body appeared to have been in the water for a while, Kansas City police said.

Detectives were awaiting identification of the body and a ruling on the cause of death from the medical examiner. Police said they were not sure if the body was connected to an April 9 incident where a man dropped into the river after hanging off the Heart of America bridge by his fingertips. A police helicopter and fire rescue team tried without success to find the man after he fell into the water.

Sgt. Collin Stosberg, of the highway patrol, said troopers had been looking for that man nearly every day, weather permitting. A trooper helping to monitor a canoe race on Saturday used the opportunity to search the river and spotted the body in the water, Stosberg said.

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