Missouri Highway Patrol identifies body pulled from river in St. Charles County

2011-10-26T16:30:00Z 2012-01-04T11:11:53Z Missouri Highway Patrol identifies body pulled from river in St. Charles CountyFROM STAFF REPORTS stltoday.com

UPDATED: at 6 p.m. with identification of the body.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • Two women hiking along the Missouri River near Highway 370 found a body in the water on Tuesday, authorities say.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said investigators identified the body as that of 51-year-old St. Charles area man who jumped from the Discovery Bridge on Sept. 7. The bridge carries Highway 370 between St. Charles and St. Louis counties.

Lt. Craig McGuire of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department said the hikers had called police at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday from DuSable Park. The women had been hiking on the Katy trail nearby and saw an opening that would take them to the riverfront.

The women were walking along a wing dyke, a long rock pile built out from a riverbank to control erosion, when they saw what appeared to be a human body. They called 911, and firefighters who arrived pulled the body from the water.

"One of the first things we do when we find someone in the river is ask, 'Who's missing?'" McGuire said.

A Highway Patrol trooper who showed up at the scene told deputies he thought it could be connected to a suicide case he worked in September when a man wearing a tan shirt and blue jeans jumped from the Discovery Bridge.

The body pulled from the water on Tuesday was partly wearing blue jeans, a shirt and one tennis shoe. The color of the shirt couldn't be determined because it had been in the water so long.

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