Body Recovered in Mississippi River Near St. Cloud 09 May 18

Authorities have recovered the body of a man who was last spotted swimming in the Mississippi River near St. Cloud.

KSTP reports the search for the man began after he was spotted by a group of people swimming in the river Monday. Witnesses said they lost sight of him as he approached the middle of the river. 

According to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, an independent contractor identified a possible target with sonar around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Divers were able to successfully pull the body from the water around 8:25 p.m.

The release said the body matches the description of the man seen entering the river on Monday. 

Authorities searched for the man a majority of the afternoon and evening Monday. During a ground search, authorities located a pair of blue jeans, tennis shoes and a backpack in the area where the man entered the river. The ID card found with the items matched the description of the man who entered the river.