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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Authorities work to ID body

  • Authorities are working to identify the body that was recovered this morning from the Missouri River, a Leavenworth police spokesman said.
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  • Authorities are working to identify the body that was recovered this morning from the Missouri River, a Leavenworth police spokesman said.
    The body of a man was discovered in the river around 10:30 a.m. today about 150 yards south of the Riverfront Community Center, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    The body apparently was discovered by people affiliated with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Division of Fisheries who were in a boat tracking sturgeon in the river. Using their boat, they took two Leavenworth firefighters to the body's location while the Fire Department's boat was en route to the city's boat ramp, according to Fire Department officials.
    Firefighters then launched their boat to recover the body.
    "We took a (Leavenworth Police Department) officer with us," Acting Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said.
    He said the body was recovered south of the city's brush site.
    Nicodemus said the next step is identifying the body.
    "We're in the process of doing that with the (medical examiner)," he said.
    As a matter procedure, Nicodemus said authorities will check to see if the person is someone who's been reported missing in Leavenworth. But the person may not be from the Leavenworth Police Department's jurisdiction.
    The deputy police chief didn't release many details about the condition of the body.

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