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Body pulled from Mississippi River, south of Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A body was pulled from the Mississippi River, just south of the Dubuque city limits, according to a spokesperson from the Dubuque Fire Department.

It was around 3:25 a.m. Friday, July 7th when the fire department was called to help the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department retrieve a body on the Iowa side of the river.

Crews were on scene there until about 7 a.m., the fire department said.

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says barge workers observed the body in the water early Friday near the Mines of Spain recreation area. Several emergency responders assisted in retrieving the body.

The body will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Ankeny for an autopsy.

Authorities say they have identified the body, but additional information will not be released until family is notified. A private railroad police force has taken over the investigation.

The investigation has been taken over by the Canadian National Railroad Police, according to the sheriff.

The recovery comes just days after crews halted boat traffic in the area in search of a missing railroad employee who had reportedly fallen into the river.

The Associated Press contributed to this report