The Leavenworth Police Department has released the name of the man whose body was recovered last week from the Missouri River. And authorities are treating the case as a homicide investigation, a police spokesman said.
The body has been identified as 38-year-old Jason Davies. He was originally from Colorado, but his last known address was in St. Joseph, Mo., according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.
"We are coordinating the investigation of how he ended up in the river with the St. Joseph authorities," Kitchens said.
Davies' body was discovered in the river Sept. 19 by people affiliated with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Division of Fisheries who were in a boat tracking sturgeon. 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, taking a Leavenworth police officer with them. The body was recovered south of the city's brush site.
The Leavenworth police have not not released details about what caused Davies' death. Police also have not released a photograph of Davies.
Kitchens said he did not know if someone had reported Davies missing.
The chief said Wednesday that no determination had been made regarding which law enforcement agency will oversee the homicide investigation. For now, the police departments in Leavenworth and St. Joseph are conducting a joint investigation.