Police in Council Bluffs report a body found in the Missouri River Saturday afternoon had apparently been in the water for anywhere from 7-to 10-days. Police, fire and rescue personnel were called to the river’s edge near the Ameristar Casino at around 1-p.m. Saturday, after several witnesses boating in the area observed a body floating in the river.
The subject was described as being a white male, approximately 25-to 40-years of age. He had a stocky build, weighed about 220-pounds, had strawberry blonde hair, a scruffy beard and a mustache. The man also had tatoos on his left and right hand with names on each. He was wearing a St. Joseph’s University Alumni T-shirt, and a bag from an Omaha hotel was around his wrist.
A caller to 9-1-1 on July 21st reported that someone was in the river who appeared to be in distress, but rescue crews were unable to locate anyone. Officials say they don’t know if it could be the same person, or not. Authorities checked the missing persons database for the surrounding area and states, but were unable to find any match for the physical description given. While an autopsy is slated to take place Sunday, officials say early indications are circumstances surrounding the man’s death are not thought to be suspicious.
Anyone with any possible information about the case is being asked to contact their local law enforcement agency, or Crime Stoppers at 712-328-7867.