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As of Monday (June 24), a body discovered four days earlier in the Mississippi River at Herculaneum had not been identified, said Dallas Thompson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

He said the body was badly decomposed, so nothing had yet been determined except that it was a human body.

“They’ve been unable to determine if it’s male or female or (the ethnicity),” Thompson said. “We don’t know how long the body was in the water.”

Authorities got a call about 9:45 a.m. June 20 that someone had discovered the body.

“It was found where Ferry Road intersects with railroad tracks by the Mississippi,” Thompson said. “A Union Pacific railroad worker was working on tracks. He saw what appeared to be a body in the water.”

He said the Highway Patrol’s Water Division was summoned because the body could not be reached without the use of a boat.

“We did the recovery,” Thompson said. “The body was taken to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.”

Thompson said he didn’t know how long it would take to identify the body.

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