A fisherman today discovered what is believed to be the body of a man  last seen swimming in the Meramec River on Friday, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Kurt Murphy, 39, of St. Louis, was reported missing after he was last seen swimming in the Meramec River near Highway 141 and Highway 21.

The body that the Sheriff's Office said is believed to be Murphy's was found at 7:20 a.m. today in the Meramec south of the Highway 21 overpass.

Rescuers searched the Meramec River in south St. Louis County after a woman he was with said he got muddy and decided to get in the water to clean up. He never returned.

The woman called police at 7:15 p.m. Friday to report him missing. Crews from St. Louis and Jefferson counties and the Missouri Water Patrol searched the river for him.

Denise Hollinshed is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch